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
UNITY youth cheer on one of their own during the 2020 Miss Tohono O’odham Nation Pageant! On January 19, Miss Indian Arizona, and current UNITY Intern, Audriana Adzaan Mitchell, attended the Miss Tohono O’odham Nation Pageant. Audriana serves her community in many capacities as a UNITY Peer Guide, advocating for decreasing native youth incarceration rates through the Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative. This event was held at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. Read More
“Don’t step on a landmine!,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s executive director. She was speaking to educators and staff at the Havasupai Elementary School participating in a team-building exercise. The landmine exercise involved an obstacle course ridden with imaginary land mines (plastic cups). Teams of two people, one blindfolded, were instructed to navigate their way through the course without hitting a land mine. The exercise is designed to build communication skills and trust.
As the largest Native youth gathering in the nation quickly approaches, thousands of youth groups and tribal organizations are buzzing with anticipation. Native Youth describe the UNITY Conference as an “life changing experience” that empowers them to action when they return home. As part of the National UNITY Council’s annual membership renewal youth councils submit their Annual Reports outlining how they have impacted their local community through service projects.
Eleven Native students are ready to pursue their goals and dreams after completing requirements to graduate from Noli Indian School, which is located on the Soboba Indian Reservation in Southern California. Many of the students representing various tribes proudly attached eagle feathers to their beaded graduation caps as they received their diplomas inside the Soboba’s new casino event center. The ceremony began with prayer and bird singing led by Wayne Nelson of the Inter-tribal Singers.
“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a plan, relentless implementation, and talented Native young leaders working together for a common goal.” The 1st Native Youth Network Gathering exemplified all of that! The Native Youth Network gathering in Phoenix was the first gathering of various youth councils within the Western region.
Pictured: Layha Spoonhunter, 2018 Alumni of the Year Award
Do you know a UNITY alum who should be recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the Native American community? UNITY is accepting nominations for its prestigious Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year award.
Effective and successful youth councils consistently have a few commonalities:
1.) An advisor who is involved;
2.) Who provides wise counsel and guidance; and
3.) Is willing to work closely with youth council members as they make and carry out their decisions and related activities
Pictured: 2018 JR Cook Advisor of the year, Ashley Dillion (San Carlos Apache Tribe)
Honor your Advisor and nominate them for the 2019 JR Cook Advisor of the Year! FORM: https://forms.gle/4sGfEe9xkLLvj57X6
“How many of you are the oldest child in your family?” asked UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla to students at McNary Elementary school. Many raised their hands. “How many of you are the middle child?” More raised their hands. “How many of you are the babies of the family?” The last of the hands went up in the school gymnasium where all 135 students K-12 recently gathered to hear Titla’s presentation during Native American Heritage Month. Read More