Native Youth – UNITY, Inc.

Human Trafficking Resources & toolkit for Youth Service Providers

With OJJDP support, the Youth Collaboratory developed a toolkit for youth service providers to build their understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of child. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with OJJDP support, has developed the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking to help judicial officers better understand the dynamics of domestic child sex trafficking, the applicable laws and legal considerations involving trafficking victims, how to identify trafficked and at-risk children, and how to connect these youth to appropriate services. Visit The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)  for more information on how  they support local, state, and tribal efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. Read More

Racial Healing takes center stage at Kennedy Center and across the country

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, more than 1500 people tuned in to a livestream as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted their fourth annual celebration of the National Day of Racial Healing. The program featured Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, actress Storm Reid, several youth activists and artists including Winter BreeAnne, Natalia Ancisco, Zyahna Bryant, Sara Mora and Connie Brownotter, as well as Central Park 5 member Raymond Santana, Baratunde Thurston and Jamilah Lemieux, among others. Read More

Former NUC Executive Committee member named WeRNative Ambassador

Meet Your New 2020 We R Native Ambassadors
We’d like to introduce you all to the new class of We R Native Ambassadors.

According to We R Native: “This year, the program has made huge changes and you can expect big things this year from these amazing leaders.” UNITY wishes all of the Ambassadors continued success on spreading health and wellness across Indian Country.
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Tips and Tools for Answering Sensitive Questions

You just never know when a student will ask a tough sex ed question – Is it okay to have sex with my boyfriend if I love him? Get prepared to answer tricky questions by reading our Tips and Tools for Answering Sensitive Questions for advisors, parents and even peers!

UNITY youth develop new training with Peer Guides

The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative (HILI) kicked off 2020 planning with a listening session in the Salt River community in Arizona on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 in partnership with the Young River Peoples Youth Council. The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative, a partnership between UNITY and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), seeks to increase engagement with youth who have experienced trauma and bring awareness to public safety issues in Indian country. The listening session brought together over 70 Native youth from various Arizona communities with the goal of providing feedback on the proposed Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative curriculum. Read More

Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Men as Peacemakers, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute; we would like to extend an invitation to attend the Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska Conference, at El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort; located in Tucson, Arizona, January 28-30, 2020.

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National Indian Child Welfare Association Register Early for 2020 Conference to Receive Earlybird Rates

The 38th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference is fast approaching. Less than three months remain until the start of conference. Join NICWA in Denver, Colorado, from March 29–April 1 for this Alaska Native child advocacy training opportunity. The early bird deadline is February 28. Be sure to register and pay early to receive the discounts. Read More

Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Apply by January 31st!

See pictured above UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardees and Udall Scholars Ashley Fixico and Nancy Deere Turney

This program for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors/seniors), graduate, and law students offers a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, D.C. Our fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., offers distinctive opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are interested in learning more about the Federal legislative process while gaining an insider’s view of the government’s unique trust relationship with Tribes.

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Wowokiya-Lower Sioux Tribal Youth Program

Tribal Youth Resource Center Podcast
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In this episode TYRC highlights the Lower Sioux Indian Community (Cansa’yapi – Where they mark the trees red) Tribal Youth Program from the Minnesota River Valley area in Minnesota and their use of mentorship and coming of age ceremonies to promote health and wellness in Mdewakanton Dakota youth.
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Three Resolutions for the National UNITY Council to Consider

Greetings National UNITY Council,

Your UNITY youth leaders have been busy! On behalf of your elected Executive Committee representatives, we are eager to share the following proposed initiatives sponsored by various Programs within the UNITY Network. Each Program focuses on a different aspect of the social, mental, spiritual and physical development. As you may know the members of each UNITY-affiliated youth council appoint two individuals (one young woman, one young man) to serve as their representatives on the National UNITY Council (NUC).   Read More