Alumni – UNITY, Inc.

Happy birthday to an organization that’s inspired hope and changed lives for 45 years!

Celebrate with us by watching live premieres of two videos on UNITY’s Instagram page. First, today at 1 PM PT (4 PM ET), an exclusive interview with UNITY‘s Founder J. R. Cook. Second, at 6 PM PT (9 PM ET) UNITY‘s alumni will share their cherished memories. Please join us as we celebrate this amazing milestone.

Give $45 in Celebration of 45 years

Invest in Native Youth by donating $45 in celebration of 45 years of UNITY youth leadership development. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, during the pandemic UNITY continued to provide support to Native youth with complimentary registrations, waiving Membership dues, free virtual trainings and fun youth to youth connections. On Arizona Gives Day this April, we ask you to help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 by giving just $45 to continue our legacy for years to come. All funds raised will go directly to youth programs to directly benefit Native youth.

All we need is 223 people to commit to give $45.
Will you give today? Thank you in advance.

 Free April 9th training! How to nail your virtual presentation!

Virtual connections are now the norm. Have you hosted one but want to hone your skills? Or you’d like to but have reservations? Now’s your chance to learn tips on how to successfully host a virtual discussion, meeting, or fun connection.UNITY Trainers Robert Johnston and Lovina Louie are teaming up to help you with the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up. The best part? It’s free!

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Meet UNITY’s first elected youth leader Wil Brown

UNITY was founded in 1976. This year, on April 16, the organization will celebrate its 45th anniversary. This is one of a series of articles featuring various alumni to commemorate UNITY’s milestone year. In 1977, at the first UNITY conference, students decided to elect officers. Wil Brown was elected to serve as UNITY’s first president.

Meet Rhea Rhymes, former UNITY employee

As part of Black Heritage Month, UNITY is happy to feature Rhea Rhymes who worked for UNITY part-time over the past three years as a Project Assistant. UNITY is grateful to Rhea who helped raise thousands of dollars for the organization through her efforts with mailers and during the conferences by selling raffle tickets. Read More

Snow Snake Games

‘Ojibweg (snake) Bibooni (Snow) Ataadiiwin (Game)’ is the Ojibwe language of the Anishinaabe. The Annual Snow Snake games were hosted by Ojibwe Charter School in the Bay Mills Indian Community. It was a freezing snowy winter day. Nonah and her brother Tyler participated. They are UNITY Alumni Josh and Sarah Homminga’s children. Nonah, beat her brother Tyler’s length in this friendly, but competitive match.
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UNITY Alumni: Where Are They Now with Dan Terrio

UNITY Alumni Update Q & A:  Dan Terrio, 36,  Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, in Green Bay, WI Read More

UNITY Earth Ambassador Alumni helps lead Changing Currents Youth Summit


“I was a former Earth Ambassador back in the 1990s and UNITY had such a major influence on my life and career” shared Program Manager Direlle R. Calica, J.D., Tux’um’shush. “As the third Changing Currents Tribal Youth Water Summit approaches, I wanted to connect with UNITY youth to invite them to participate.” said Calica.  “We have established the Changing Currents: Tribal Water Policy project here in the Pacific Northwest as a project of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. The project is to provide information and training on water policy, technology, hydrology, planning, public health, and infrastructure. We have had four Tribal Leader water summits in the NW and two tribal youth water summits with the University of Oregon. This last year we had a few students remind us of their connection to UNITY Youth Councils and the Earth Ambassador Program.”

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Learning with Alumni: Dark Skin, Light Skin: Healing Between Natives

As UNITY celebrates Black History Month, we share this important conversation about supporting Native youth who face lateral oppression based on the color of their skin. Both light and dark skin natives face struggles with feeling like they belong within Indigenous Communities. Join UNITY Alumni and former Female CoPresident LoVina Louie as she facilitates her special guests in this Free Power Hour webinar; brought to you by our partners at the Native Wellness Institute. Watch and Learn tools for how we can help our youth councils navigate through lateral oppression and help address disparities to be more inclusive.

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Learn with Alumni: Healing Through Sport

Look at healing properties of sport and traditional games with UNITY Alumni Robert Johnston.  As some sporting events and gatherings have been postponed, join Coach Rob in examining the origins of the wellness foundation built into our indigenous identities. Robert works closely with the Native Wellness Institute. The Native Wellness Institute exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors.