Earth Ambassadors – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY Youth Spotlight: Alyssa R. Franklin

Written by:  Regina A. Jones, Alyssa’s Advisor and Assistant Director of the Native Student Program at Syracuse University

To me, being an environmental ambassador comes along with several responsibilities to my community, the global indigenous community, and all creation as a whole. One duty of being an environmental ambassador would be to set goals to attain based on what the problem is, where the problem is, who/what is causing the problem, etc. Another responsibility that I believe would come along with being an environmental ambassador is connecting with people to share and link knowledge and ideas across field of knowledge, such as modern science and traditional ecological knowledge to inform and mobilize communities across the globe. A third aspect of being an environmental ambassador would be to develop processes, programs, and/or initiatives to reach goals created to aim towards a more environmentally sustainable way of life for all people now and in the future.” said Alyssa Franklin. Read More

UNITY Earth Ambassador Program 2020 


Thank you to the 2019-2020 Class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors are for your dedication to our planet and powerfully serving your UNITY family.
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UNITY 25 Under 25 Preserves Indigenous and Agricultural Heritage through FFA

Member Preserves Indigenous and Agricultural Heritage

FFA Member Preserves Indigenous and Agricultural Heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Did you know the National FFA Organization includes more than 12,000 Native American members? UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee and UNITY Earth Ambassador Marco Ovando, a citizen of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, made history when he became the first Native American to be elected FFA state president in any state or territory. He served as the Nevada state FFA president from 2018-19. Ovando says his FFA experience looked different from most. Read More

Songs that were once letters

…”I recorded this for my wellness”

Native Youth submission By Sage Lacapa – Earth Ambassador 2019-2020

This was a personal project that I recorded and wrote on my own. I recorded an album with 8 of my own songs and 2 covers. This album is called, “Songs that were once letters”.    Some letters were written last year and some were written recently before I recorded the album. As time had passed in quarantine, I had taken the opportunity and time to finish the letters that were gathering dust by turning them into songs. I was losing a bit of my wellness, wasting time and potential. I took the time to realize that I wasn’t doing the thing I loved, but rather ignoring it. I recorded this for my wellness, investing time into the things that you love, to do even if it doesn’t get much recognition.  Read More

UNITY Inspire Hope Video Messages during Covid-19

At the height of the  Covid-19 pandemic, UNITY Peer Leaders from the NUC Executive Committee, Earth Ambassadors and Peer Guides Joined together to offer these messages of Hope for other Native youth to keep striving for wellness. Watch and Share these UNITY Videos with others to continue to Inspire Hope in Indian Country. Read More

National N8V Youth 4 Biden Roundtable features UNITY Peer Leaders

We’re very proud of our Native Youth leaders for their participation in the upcoming election. We all must do our part to ensure that Native youth are empowered to Register to Vote. The National N8V Youth Roundtable will include UNITY Peer Guide & 25 Under 25 Awardee Angela Noah (White Mountain Apache / Oklahoma Choctaw), Aminah Ghaffar (Lumbee), UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Owen Oliver (Quinault), National UNITY Council’s Male Co-President Robert “Scottie” Miller (Swinomish), National UNITY Council’s Female CoPresident Brittany McKane (Creek / Seminole),  and Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache).

UNITY Inc. is non-political, non-partisan, and we do not support or endorse any political candidates.

Thursday, September 24 N8V Youth 4 Biden will be hosting a roundtable discussion with young tribal rising stars from around the country at 6:00 pm ET! Please sign up here to join!

8 Gardening Tips From Indigenous Food Growers

Garden interns learn plant and weed identification at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Cheyenne River Youth Project / Facebook

May. 25, 2020
By Stephanie Woodard

Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration. Read More

UNITY wishes the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council a Happy 25th Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONYC!
“Celebrating 25 years of memories, songs, stories, and good food. All night round dancing to early morning breakfast to late night meetings, changing lives continues to be the goal. Giving thanks to those who have sacrificed and paved the way for new light to shine.
Dedicated to the past, present, and future members of TONYC.” – Samuel Lopez UNITY Earth Ambassador

UNITY Webinar – Celebrate Mother Earth Day!

On April 2, 2020 UNITY Earth Ambassadors hosted a UNITY Webinar called Celebrate Mother Earth Day to provide inspiration and information to Native youth on how to carry out Earth Day projects during this time of social distancing. Technology joined everyone together in their homes and communities. Unfortunately the webinar did not record. This is what happened. Read More

Virtual things to do on Earth Day!

An Evening of Reading and Conversation with Joy Harjo: The U.C. Berkeley Arts Research Center presents a reading and conversation with USDAC poetry crush and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on April 22, from 5:30pm-7pm PST. This reading is free and open to the public and available live captioned and live streamed on ARC’s YouTube channel. Read More