“As an Indigenous woman growing up in an area where I represented less than 1% of the population, I was constantly searching for my place. Being a part of the UNITY family has certainly reformed my life to embrace what makes me unique and to honor my heritage. As a Native American in today’s society, I feel that I have an obligation to preserve the integrity of my culture. By participating in UNITY events such as their annual conferences, Today’s Native Leaders (TNL), as well as the White House Tribal Youth gathering, I was able to gain so many useful resources to help not only myself but my people.”
– Raven Dial Stanley, 19, Lumbee
“UNITY has been life-changing, to say the least. It has helped me grow so much, and it has also given me so much hope for the future of Indian Country. Just to know that there are thousands of Native youth out there paving the way for future generations. UNITY is a huge driving force for that and I am beyond grateful for this organization.”
– Joseph Richard Davis, 23, Akimel O’odham
“I attended my first UNITY Conference in 2014, and ever since, I have been inspired to make a difference in my community. UNITY helped me realize that even though I was young, I could still make an impact on my fellow community members. In high school, I was elected student council president and I also began an internship at the tribe’s AhTahThiKi Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation. After I graduated, I continued my work at the museum part-time until I was hired as the Community Engagement Coordinator. I have been in this position now for a year and a half and I have made many achievements and made a name for myself among my people, with the goal of serving on our Tribal Council. I credit UNITY with my achievements and am excited for the National UNITY Conference to come to Florida in 2019, and for my Tribe to serve as the host!”
– Quenton Cypress, 23, Seminole Tribe of Florida
“The UNITY Organization has brought drastic change to my life. Surrounded by peers that understood the struggles and the successes, it allowed me to open up and become more involved in my community, tribe, and my culture. And for that I’m thankful.”
– Richard Blake Crook, 20, Poarch Creek
This year, on this #GivingTuesday, UNITY will collect dollars to create a scholarship fund to help youth who otherwise do not have the financial means to attend the 2019 National UNITY Conference taking place July 4 – 8 in Orlando, Florida.
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