NUC Executive Committee – UNITY, Inc.

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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Earn $45 gift cards and other prizes for your Earth Day project!

UNITY Earth Ambassador & Peer Guide Angela Noah
This is a call to action! The preservation of Mother Earth has been identified by Native youth as a top priority. Earth day is April 22nd. How will you help preserve our environment and precious resources? All it takes is a little planning for your Earth Day project and you’re on your way to earning some spending money and cool UNITY swag!
To earn prizes, all we ask is for you to complete a project to help the earth in some way within 45 days starting April 16, which is UNITY’s birthday.

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 Free April 9th training! How to nail your virtual presentation!


Virtual connections are now the norm. Have you hosted one but want to hone your skills? Or you’d like to but have reservations? Now’s your chance to learn tips on how to successfully host a virtual discussion, meeting, or fun connection.UNITY Trainers Robert Johnston and Lovina Louie are teaming up to help you with the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up. The best part? It’s free!

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UNITY Male Co-President Scottie Miller Steps Up for the Environment 

Many may know Scottie Miller (Swinomish, Washington) as the funny, lovable Northwest Wellness Warrior or the wise Male Co-President of the National UNITY Council, but in his down town this leader makes time to play an active role in his community’s environmental team in Swinomish.  “All UNITY youth should take a stand to protect and advocate for environmental issues whenever possible. It is very important to lead by example as an ambassador” says Scottie.
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UNITY Regional Midyear Meet-Ups for Native Youth

Join the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and Peer Guides as they host Regional UNITY Meet Ups. During the virtual meet-ups, youth councils are invited to gather to grow relationships and work towards goals. These Regional Meet-Ups are a fun networking opportunity and a brainstorming session for how to address community challenges.

Not only will this be an opportunity for your leaders to connect with Native youth in your region, but UNITY would also like your tribe’s feedback in the National Youth Experience Survey (NAYES) launching this month! With your youths’ help, UNITY youth will determine the key regional needs for 2021 and develop strategies to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities.

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UNITY Youth Gather Monthly for Fun and Games

Guided by a UNITY alumnus and former Male Co-President who has found a fun and interactive way to bring UNITY youth cohorts together for an evening of virtual fun. Michael Preston of the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council and a former UNITY Male Co-President co-hosted the first of a series of monthly “Fun and Games.”

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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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Having Fun Virtually!

As part of celebrating the season and school break, UNITY held a Fun and Games virtual event led by the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council. UNITY affiliated youth councils around the country are finding innovative ways to meet to discuss their initiatives and continue their projects in a fun interactive way. The Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council has introduced virtual applications to conduct their first virtual annual tribal youth conference, beading and pottery workshops, conducted youth councils meetings, hosted a tribal candidates forum and traditional cooking class, shared COVID-19 youth messages, and gave Gila River youth the opportunity to vote virtually through the Gila River Kids Voting Program. They are virtually re-organizing as a youth council.

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National UNITY Council’s Top Ten Issues facing Native Youth in 2020

Each year during the National Conference, the National UNITY Council (NUC) gathers to vote on the Top Ten Issues facing Native youth across the country. Youth Representatives from the 325+ Youth Councils who make up the national network to discuss their regional priorities. The collective impact on youth led national campaigns reaches far beyond that of the UNITY membership. With each youth council working together across the Nation, youth are empowered knowing they are not facing these issues alone. Read More

Anti-Bullying resources for Native youth

Indigenous youth who have experienced cyber-bullying were almost twice as likely to attempt suicide compared to those who had not (Hinduja, Patchin, n.d.).

In celebration of October’s National Anti-Bullying efforts United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) revived it’s ‘Be A Hero’ initative. In 2018, the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee passed a Resolution focused on traditional concepts that can be used to live a healthy lifestyle when faced with adversity: Healing, Empower, Respect and Overcome. UNITY hopes that Youth Councils will encourage others to “Be a Hero” in their home communities to the combat negative consequences associated with bullying. This doesn’t end with Nov 1st, be a hero all year long!   Read More