Native Youth – UNITY, Inc.

Apply today for the Golda Cook Scholarship

The late Golda Cook, Cherokee, is the mother of UNITY Founder J.R. Cook. Thanks to her, the UNITY organization was able to spread its wings and fly. Golda Cook provided financial support in the very early years of the organization. If it wasn’t for her, UNITY may not be what it is today. That’s the reason UNITY honors Golda Cook to this day by offering two $1500 scholarships in her memory.

UNITY has teamed up with the American indian Graduate Center in awarding the scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Read More

LGBTQ Youth Explain Why Schools Should Teach About These Native Icons

‘Indigenous’ and ‘Native’ are identity markers used interchangeably across Turtle Island and are most often capitalized as nouns. ‘Native American’ is more and more rejected in protest against the settler states of the U.S. and Canada who presume their project of settlement and colonization of this land is finished. This is still Turtle Island. Read More

Erasure and Resilience: Resource to support LGBTQ Students of Color, Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth

Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Native and Indigenous LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools is one of a series of reports on LGBTQ students of color that examines the school experiences of Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth. Other reports in this series examine the experiences of AAPIBlack, and Latinx LGBTQ youth. Read More

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in Foster Care

VVHere are highlights from our conversation with Veronica V., age 24, from Santa Clara County, California. Veronica participates in iFoster’s TAY AmeriCorps program—an opportunity for transition-age foster youth (TAY) to gain the skills they need to find permanent employment once they age out of the foster care system and are on their own. In this role she connects foster youth to resources.

 

 

 

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Native Youth Resources for COVID-19

Across Indian Country, we are witnessing tribal leaders and national Native organizations taking action to protect and position Native nations to see a better tomorrow. In order to take care of others, we must first starts learn how to properly protect ourselves. Here are some resources that illustrate best practices to keep yourself safe and provide trusted information about the coronavirus itself.

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StrongHearts Native Helpline Resource

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NEVER OKAY.

StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a safe domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Anonymous and confidential.

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Telling your Story During this Crisis

While we grapple with new obstacles and age-old challenges, people across the U.S. are still stepping up to maintain and deepen connections and care for their communities. The public is re-learning the value of relationships and the truth of our interdependence. Weave: The Social Fabric Project launched the #WeavingCommunity campaign along with 300 community partners to ensure this crisis drives us together, not apart. Weaving Community is inviting people into honest conversation, acts of caring and meaningful community action. The goal is stronger, more connected communities during this time and forever more. Read More

Maryville University: Scholarships and College Guide for Native American Students

Native American man dancing in traditional garb

Read More: Scholarships for Native Americans are an essential resource. In 2016, data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey showed that income among Native Americans is substantially lower than that of the general U.S. population. Native Americans also suffer poverty at higher rates than the general population. For many, a bachelor’s degree can help to secure a stable job with income above the poverty level, while a master’s degree or another advanced degree can help boost income. Native Americans especially can benefit from higher learning, taking advantage of colleges and programs designed to help overcome institutional biases. Read More

Racial Healing Service Project Ideas

Power of Youth Challenge: America’s Promise Awards 10 Winners with $1,000 to Expand their Service Projects and Bring Positive Impacts to their Communities

Last year, America’s Promise Alliance launched the Power of Youth Challenge to encourage and inspire youth-led service projects around the country.  In partnership with Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Peace First, we posed a challenge to young people to identify an issue or an injustice in their community and put forth an idea that engages others to make an impact. To deepen their knowledge and insights about a problem their community faces and put forth a solution, we gave them $250 to help make it happen.    Read More

Reducing System Crossover for Black LGBTQ+ Girls and Nonbinary Youth

Reducing-System-Crossover-for-Black-LGBTQ-Girls-and-NB-Youth-Page-01.jpgThe 2021 Janet Reno Forum will explore how to restructure systems to better support crossover youth, centering the conversations on the experiences of youth and families impacted by the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. This includes dedicated Forum sessions examining how to best address the needs of youth, including commercially sexually exploited youth, youth of color, and LGBTQ+ youth.

​​​​​​​In advance of these important discussions, this new CJJR publication highlights the critical need to ensure that systems fully support Black LGBTQ+ girls and nonbinary youth–a population that is at higher risk for crossover (i.e., becoming dually-involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems) than their non-Black, non-LGBTQ+ peers. ​​​​​​​

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