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This week! Regional UNITY Caucuses

Each year, the UNITY Organization convenes for a National Conference but of course, this year we’re meeting virtually. At these conferences, a female representative and male representative from each UNITY affiliated youth council (along with individual members) participate in Regional Caucuses to identify the Top 10 Issues Facing Native Youth. These Regional Caucuses serve as a networking opportunity as well as a brainstorming session for how to address community challenges. These Caucus discussions help to create one National Initiative.

Please Register for a Caucus based on what state you live in. Please check UNITY’s website to find out what region your state is in.


UNITY Youth participate in Congressional Hearing: “Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing”

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, via Cisco WebEx, the Subcommittee on for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) will host a remote oversight hearing titled, “Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing.” This hearing will be streamed on Facebook live and YouTube. Read More

UNITY Announces 5 Cash Prize Raffle Winners with Survey Findings

UNITY wishes to thank the 97 UNITY Youth Councils, 47 Advisors & 60 Individual Members who participated in the recent Accessibility Survey

Congratulations to the following 5 Raffle Winners,  who will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. Participants sent in their survey feedback online, via text or by U.S. mail:

  • Shaileen Gonzales, Hualapai female youth council representative, Western Region
  • Colby WhiteThunder, Alabama-Coushatta InnerVoice youth council male representative, Southern Plains Region
  • Toni Sandoval, Individual Member, The Klamath Tribes Youth Council, North West Region
  • Debra Toya, Sac & Fox Nation Youth Council Advisor, Great Plains Region
  • Jordan Gilman, Female Youth Council Representative for Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, North East Region
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Become a UNITY Member for FREE in 2020!

The National UNITY Council (NUC) Executive Committee first suggested the idea of waiving affiliation fees as a way to be more inclusive and assist those who have been impacted by the pandemic. UNITY acted on the recommendation and is excited to waive this year’s affiliation fees for youth councils and individuals in hopes to reach even more Native youth through the upcoming virtual events. Those who have already paid their membership dues will automatically be in “Good Standing” through July 1, 2022.

Youth Councils and Individual Members may join the UNITY Network for free when completing an Annual Report before July 1, 2020.  [Click Here]

25 Under 25 Awardee featured in NCAI Native Vote Virtual Rally

NCAI Launches 2020 Native Vote Efforts
with Star-Studded Virtual Rally
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NUC Executive Committee Member Anthony Tamez-Pochel, recent UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee, will be featured in the upcoming Native Vote Virtual Rally. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp and UNITY Alumni DJ Emcee One will co-host the Native Vote Taking Action in 2020 Virtual Rally. This event will serve as the official kick-off for NCAI’s Native Vote initiative for 2020 and will stream live online via NCAI’s Facebook and YouTube channels to launch voter engagement in one of the most important years for civic engagement in Indian Country.

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Native youth councils and advisers find ways to connect!

UNITY affiliated youth councils around the country are finding ways to meet to discuss their initiatives and continue their community service projects. Youth on the Yavapai Apache Nation in Arizona met last month via Zoom video conferencing. They are re-organizing as a youth council. By the end of the meeting, the youth decided to work on positive messaging in the community. Some committed to creating posters with positive messages to hang in the community. Others said they would write notes to include in food baskets that were being distributed to the elders. UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla was invited to be a special guest at the meeting.

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UNITY Kicks Off Virtual 44 Day Challenge to Celebrate 44th Birthday

United National Indian Tribal Youth, UNITY, is celebrating its 44th birthday tomorrow, April 16. In honor of their 44 years, UNITY, the largest Native youth leadership development organization, will be kicking off a 44 Day Challenge for Native youth on Facebook Live. UNITY wants to encourage youth to reach out to others, and to send the message that, even though we are all staying at home, we can still find ways to serve our communities.

Members of the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee will share ways youth councils and individuals can complete a project while self-isolating, utilizing the YOUth Can! Curriculum. They will also give tips for staying connected with other Native youth using various online platforms while social distancing, and share available resources.

What: UNITY 44 Day Challenge Facebook Live Kick-Off
When: Thursday, April 16, 3 p.m.
Who: The Live Kick-Off will be led by members of the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee.

Join Native youth leaders live at 3 p.m. PST tomorrow:

12 Native Youth you should follow on Instagram!

As many of our Native youth are faced with the reality of being confined to their homes and often rooms, their cellphones and social media become their only outlets. While social media is seen by many as a negative and hindering outlet, there are people changing that narrative, Native youth.

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UNITY Holds Annual Midyear Conference

Native Youth Gather for Learning and Collaboration 

The 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference, held February 14-17 in Tempe, Arizona, brought together more than 450 Native American and Alaska Native youth and advisors from rural and urban tribal communities across the U.S. for four days of learning, cultural sharing, and collaboration. The focus of this year’s conference was on healing, and strengthening Native youth identity and sense of belonging. Importantly, UNITY affiliated youth councils and individuals left the conference with completed action plans for community service projects.
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