Native Youth – UNITY, Inc.

Idyllwild Arts Open House for Native Students interested in World Class Arts Education

Join us for one of four online Information sessions designed specifically for Native American students, families, and parents curious about the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (all ages) or Idyllwild Arts Academy (grades 9-12 + postgrad). Faculty, alumni, and staff will share information about attending high school or summer camp on our beautiful mountain campus in the middle of Cahuilla Country, as well as about our online learning options, our new Gap Year program, and scholarship opportunities. Each session is a one-stop shop packed with information.

Dates:   Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4pm PST


Oh yes! We have scholarships for the following workshop (all supplies included!) check it out!

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Apply for up to $1000 to lead an online/virtual event or project

Are you an Indigenous youth aged 13-30!?
Apply for up to $1000 to lead an online/virtual event or project!

The #IndigenousYouthRise COVID-19 support fund is a grant to support Indigenous youth and promote community wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic! Read More

Laughter is Good Medicine

The best times of UNITY are when smiles are wide and there is a harmony of laughter. It is good to have daily doses of soulful laughter. Scientific studies show that laughter creates positive bonds between people. Laughter relieves stress, anxiety, and. It can lead to resilience and recovery.

Chance Rush is one of UNITY’s Youth Trainers. He has major gifts besides Training. He is an MC, Actor and Speaker, but did you know that he is a Comedian?

”Comedy was my form of communication. It can help me get through so many conversations. I owe a lot of my opportunities To my sense of humor”  said Chance.

“See Comedy as an art form. Always practice on being funny. Never laugh at your own jokes because the focus is your audience!” – Chance Rush, Hidatsa Read More

The best place to learn your language, is around the dinner table

It’s no secret, that during this time of a pandemic, many students have struggled to meet and socialize, or learn and interact with their culture. With the current challenges present in our communities, some native students have been creative in their own projects learning their culture. In this week’s highlight, we would like to spotlight a personal project that Brooke Thompson, a UNITY 25 under 25 awardee, has done for herself. The project she created, were laminated dinner mats with common table items names in her language. Brooke was kind enough to share a little bit about the idea behind her projects as well as some images of her table mats. Read More

Indigenous 20 Something Project Gathering

The Native Wellness InstituteCenter for Native American Youth and, We R Native are partnering together “calling in” all Indigenous young people, who are in their late teens through early 30’s, to come join in on this unique collaboration where we will gather virtually to learn, share, connect and strategize ways to help this generation let go of things that no longer serve them in a good way and how to better live a life of balance.

The gathering will take place January 19 & 20, 2021. Registration is FREE for all attendees! For more information, click here. Read More

UNITY Peer Guides Announce Raffle Winners

Congrats to the following winners from the HILI Native Youth Town Hall Raffle. Each person who gave their feedback in one of the four regional Town Halls or written survey were entered to win an Apple Ipad for their time. The UNITY Peer Guides are looking forward to working with everyone in 2021! Thank you to all who participated:

  • Eastern Regional winner: Wiliam from Bridgeton, NJ
  • Central Regional winner: Shawndae from Camp Verde, OK
  • Mountain Regional winner:  Glenda from Farmington, NM
  • Pacific Regional winner: Elizabeth from Roseburg, OR

Native youth testimonies help push Suicide Prevention Act 

The Native American Suicide Prevention Act, sponsored by Arizona Congressman Grijalva, was a key provision in the latest $900 Billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress last month. The Native American Suicide Prevention Act requires states to work with tribes and tribal entities when implementing suicide prevention programs. Last July, four UNITY youth leaders testified during a Mental Health and Healing Oversight Hearing hosted by the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. According to Congressman Grijalva’s office, the hearing played a major role in the development of the Native American Suicide Prevention Act. Read More

Youth Council member takes initiative to bring Christmas Cheer to tribal elders

On Dec. 23, the Akimel O’Odham/ Pee-Posh Youth Council (AOPPYC) delivered gifts and tokens of appreciation to the Caring House elderly residents and staff. AOPPYC members donated gift bags, which consisted of lip balm, lotions, facemasks, Epson salt, coffee, cookies, desserts, and other treats. AOPPYC At-Large Member Javonni Molina from Sacaton spearheaded the effort. Molina worked as a physical therapy tech at the Caring House and grew to admire the staff’s tireless efforts with the residents. Read More

TikTok resources for Advisors & Parents to keep Youth Safe

With Tik Tok’s popularity on the rise among teens, we wanted to give parents a resource to understand the app and how they can protect their children. All Connect developed an in-depth resource provides parents and guardians with information on what Tik Tok is, how kids can be kept safe while using the app and how parents can monitor and track what their kids are doing on the app.
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Victims and Survivors Guide to Domestic Violence During the Pandemic

We understand it’s important to provide individuals with resources for safe living conditions as many may be experiencing abuse in their households due to current stay-at-home orders. MyMove informative guide provides a detailed infographic of the types of abuse and barriers when leaving relationships, tips on emergency planning and tech safety, along with support programs for housing, immigration, and financial independence.

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