Alumni – UNITY, Inc.

Learning with Alumni: Emcee One on Lateral Violence

Watch and Learn with UNITY lead trainer and Alumni Marcus “Emcee One” Guinn for more tools to better understand and address lateral violence.

The UNITY Network Voted in 2020 on their top ten issues facing Native youth, and #5 most common response was “Bullying, gossiping, cultural bullying or lateral violence”.  Let’s work together to address this. In some homes, young Native people grow up witnessing the isolating effects of poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and feeling “less than.” Without social supports, they may want to make themselves feel better and release their anger and frustration, so may resort to bullying others, including other AI/AN youth. Read More

UNITY announces Mel Pervais  Scholarship Winner

UNITY is pleased to announce Blaine Burnette, White Mountain Apache, as the Mel Pervais Scholarship winner. Burnette, a $1000 Spring Scholarship Recipient, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (Statistics) and Economics at Arizona State University. Read More

Building Community Support for Youth Councils

UNITY Advisors recently gathered for an interactive virtual session to discuss Building Community Support for Youth Councils as part of the UNITY Fall Webinar Series – Adult Track led by guest presenters, Eileen Crocker, White Mountain Apache and Vance Home Gun, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Read More

Learning with UNITY Alumnus Michael Preston

Recent Gila River Indian Community UNITY alumnus Michael Preston shared his knowledge and perspectives with UNITY advisors working with local youth councils as part of UNITY’s Fall 2020 Webinar Series. Michael took part in a webinar called “Youth Participation in the Decision-Making Process” He share many interactive communication tools and applications to engage youth in the decision-making process. 

As a youth, Michael started his journey in leadership development by serving as the President of the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council. He was also an active member of the National Youth Network. His training and experience provided him the opportunity to serve as the Male Co-President of the National UNITY Council in 2001.


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Learn with Alumni: Best Practices in Youth Council Development Webinar Nov 12th

Join UNITY for the Best Practices in Youth Council Development Webinar happening Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 pm PST//3:00 pm EST. Guest presenter Ginger Martin (Gila River Indian Community – Akimel O’odham), is the Owner of Sunbird Enterprises, LLC., and UNITY Alumnus, Original UNITY Earth Ambassador (1990).  This webinar will explore how Youth Councils can ensure that youth have access to: Ongoing relationships with tribal leaders; Safe places with structured youth activities during the non-school hours; Training and Organizational support;  Opportunities to give back through community service; Offer input into the issues affecting their peers, provide guidance and feedback in tribal policy formation; and serve as effective spokespeople for the tribe.

Click here to Register for Best Practices in Youth Council Development happening Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 pm PST//3:00 pm EST.
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Guiding Youth Council Meetings: UNITY Webinar for Youth Advocates & Advisors

Have you ever attended a meeting for the sake of having a meeting? Lots of talk leading to no action. Good ideas, good discussion, but how can these ideas become reality? Meeting facilitation is key for any active Youth Council or youth group. Join to gain tips and strategies for Native youth engagement in community planning. Special Guests include Christine Porter! As the Young River Peoples Council Advisor, Porter received UNITY’s 2019 JR Cook Advisor of the Year Award. She also will be joined by EIleen Crocker from the White Mountain Apache Tribe Youth Council.

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Learn with Alumni: Engaging with Native Youth Through Social Media: Nov 4th Webinar

CLICK Here to Watch & Learn Dr. Locklear will discuss the various platforms youth use to connect with other youth. She will share insights on how to best connect and uses of social media. Special guest Dr. Leslie Locklear, Lumbee, is the FATE project coordinator at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, published author and proud UNITY Alumni & Peer Trainer for the Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative. Join us Live next week @unityinc76

Wednesday, November 4, at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST– Engaging with Native Youth Through Social Media on UNITY Instagram Live

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UNITY Announces Mel Pervais Scholarship


UNITY is proud to announce a new scholarship program aimed at supporting entrepreneurial-minded undergraduate students named in honor of Mel Pervais, Ojibwe, a special supporter and long-time friend of UNITY. Pervais, a retired entrepreneur and engineer and is a former UNITY Trustee. The $1,000 scholarship will be available for the Spring 2021 semester. 

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Building Community Support for Youth Councils Webinar

Click Here to Watch & Learn: UNITY values the dedication and commitment of Youth Council advisors. Each youth council is unique with its culture, location and sponsoring agencies. UNITY wants you to have the support and resources you need. Building community support provides each advisor a network of people to assist with meetings, activities, fundraising and leadership development. Learn to identify the assets in your community; individuals, resources and programs.  UNITY Peer Guide and Salish, Kootenai Youth Council Advisor Vance Home Gun will co-host along with UNITY Alumni and White Mountain Youth Council Advisor Eileen Crocker. Click Below to register for this complementary training for Native youth Advocates on how to encourage community engagement.  Let’s talk about Community Support!

Building Community Support for Youth Councils on Thursday, October 29, at 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST  Read More

Talking circle creates safe place for youth advocates

CLICK Here To WATCH & Learn: UNITY not only strives to Inspire Hope in Native youth, but their advisors, mentors and support staff as well. The national UNITY network is connected by the community members on the ground who have the shared mission to uplift Native youth in their corners of Indian Country. To kick-off  UNITY’s newest Fall webinar series, Dr. Pearl Yellowman facilitated a guided conversation on how UNITY can continue to support Native youth advocates virtually.

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