Native Youth – UNITY, Inc.

Video Contest Winners showcased during Wellness Warrior Summit

We Are Native & Keep Tobacco Sacred
TAMIT Indigenous Youth from the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians in San Fernando, CA.

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Intergenerational Call to Action for Earth Advocates

Continuing the legacy of environmental advocates, the 2019-2020 Circle of Earth Ambassadors included intergenerational teachings to engage UNITY Youth Councils in service projects. Community elders and UNITY alumni participation was made possible through the financial support of a a National Park with an initiative “Connecting with Our Homelands” to foster intergenerational sharing through Hopa Mountain, Inc. Generations of Earth Ambassadors gathered to launch this year’s environmental call to action.

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Earth Ambassadors Florida Environmental Excursion

Kayaking and cleaning a river wasn’t on the agenda during the 2019 National UNITY Conference but that’s exactly what the UNITY Earth Ambassadors (EA) did while in Orlando, Florida. The group snuck away on Saturday, July 6 to join members of the Central Florida Recon at the Econlockhatchee River for a cleaning expedition using kayaks, buckets and trash grabbers.  This was coordinated by Frank Weaver, Environmental Protector and Filmmaker. The group recovered 54 pounds of trash, 6 tires, mattress springs and 5 fish hooks. The Central Florida Recon team were given gifts from the EAs in appreciation.

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UNITY Advisory Cohort empowers Native youth voice

Get to know the newest UNITY Peer Guide Cohort and learn more about their passion for advocating for “non-traditional” Native youth leadership. UNITY has recruited this diverse group of youth mentors, to design and facilitate six regional trainings across the nation. These trainings will empower Native youth to speak out about critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts within their home communities.

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UNITY hires Patterson as Office Manager

Tami Patterson is UNITY’s new Office Manager. Patterson grew up in Parker Arizona, while her father worked for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She is a proud mother of two children who are enrolled members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  She worked as a Johnson O’Malley Tutor and Youth Services coordinator in St. Ignace Michigan and served as the lead advisor to the Waaniniigaanzijig Tribal Youth Council (WTYC), which introduced her to UNITY. 

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UNITY partners with ASU Cronkite and ABC 15 for UNITY News!

The 2019 National UNITY Conference kicked off with a one-of-a-kind communications training featuring some of the best multi-media instructors in Arizona. The bootcamp was made possible through a partnership with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The camp also featured Colton Shone, the morning anchor for KOB Eyewitness News Today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to working at KOB, Colton was a reporter in Phoenix in both television at CBS 5 News and radio at KTAR-FM.

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UNITY names leadership team to support National Leadership Initiative

UNITY, Inc. has named two individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead a national leadership initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  The cooperative agreement provides funding to engage Native American youth and youth serving programs in a national initiative that builds on the successes of the past OJJDP National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. Over the next two years, the initiative will hold six regional trainings to gather Native youth feedback on how best to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to cultural prevention, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.

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The National Center and UNITY Announces Winners of Business Plan Competition for Youth

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development presented two students a $1,500 check during the National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida for winning the Business Plan Competition for Youth. The contest was held in partnership with UNITY. The competition required high school and college-aged participants to develop a business plan and pitch their idea to a panel of experts. We are pleased to announce that Joseph Davis from Gila River Indian Community and Rachel Arthur from Colville Confederated Tribes won the competition for their idea to create a coffee shop called Aesthetic Coffee Co.

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Meet the 2019-2020 National UNITY Council Executive Committee

Executive Committee2019-2020 National UNITY Council Executive Committee

Tyloria Antone 

Hello, my name is Tyloria Antone. I am 16 years old, and I attend Baboquivari High School as a Junior. I reside in the Hikiwañ community on the Tohono O’odham Nation, but I come from the Hualapai and Havasupai tribes of Peach Springs, AZ. I currently sit on the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council as a representative for my district. My interests include writing, reading, playing sports, and listening to music. I have always seen myself as a person to be involved by giving a helping hand to those in need. I always knew I could give my ideas and positive words to those who chose to hear what I had in mind. Over the years, I’ve seen myself grow and become a stronger person. An interest has grown in me and I knew I always wanted to be involved with youth, in order to be able to hear their stories and the great things that they make of themselves. Thank you!

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Join the UNITY Grand Entry Parade of Nations

Get ready for the UNITY Grand Entry Parade of Nations! Bring your tribal flag!

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