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Building Community Support for Youth Councils

UNITY Advisors recently gathered for an interactive virtual session to discuss Building Community Support for Youth Councils as part of the UNITY Fall Webinar Series – Adult Track led by guest presenters, Eileen Crocker, White Mountain Apache and Vance Home Gun, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Read More

NEW STATE OF MIND: YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH GUIDE

A first-of-its kind mental health guide created for students, by students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Young Americans are more stressed out than ever, and nearly half of Gen Z says they aren’t doing enough to manage stress. Young people could use some mental health support in 2020, especially with COVID-19 affecting over 55 million students in the US and millions more around the world. Through DoSomething’s New State of Mind campaign, powered by Blue Shield California as a part of the BlueSky Initative, thousands of young people submitted tips on how they’re getting through these especially tough times. We received 74,129 responses from DoSomething members, and we used them to create this first-of-its-kind crowdsourced mental health guide that’s for students, by students.

Check out their tips below on practicing self-care, dealing with the stress of digital learning, and supporting the mental health of those around you. (Plus, check out some additional resources at the bottom of this page.) And remember: the road to a healthier and happier generation starts right now with us.

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Year 2 In Review: HILI Peer Guide Cohort Accomplishments

OJJDP & UNITY: Working Together to Create Safe Communities

This year, the UNITY Peer Guides were able to offer training, virtually and in person to over 5,000 native youth. Young people will continue to receive training to serve as peer leaders who will provide training, mentoring, support, resources, information, and other assistance for their peers in efforts to increase public safety and creatively prevent and address juvenile delinquency. UNITY, with its trainers, youth Peer Guides, and mentors will offer regional youth leadership development training that will enable Native youth, and their adult advisors, to develop and carry out projects, programs, education, awareness campaigns, and other efforts within their communities. The projects will benefit communities while providing valuable real-world leadership experiences that will better prepare the youth to succeed in their leadership roles.

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Learn with Alumni: Engaging with Native Youth Through Social Media: Nov 4th Webinar

CLICK Here to Watch & Learn Dr. Locklear will discuss the various platforms youth use to connect with other youth. She will share insights on how to best connect and uses of social media. Special guest Dr. Leslie Locklear, Lumbee, is the FATE project coordinator at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, published author and proud UNITY Alumni & Peer Trainer for the Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative. Join us Live next week @unityinc76

Wednesday, November 4, at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST– Engaging with Native Youth Through Social Media on UNITY Instagram Live

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Building Community Support for Youth Councils Webinar

Click Here to Watch & Learn: UNITY values the dedication and commitment of Youth Council advisors. Each youth council is unique with its culture, location and sponsoring agencies. UNITY wants you to have the support and resources you need. Building community support provides each advisor a network of people to assist with meetings, activities, fundraising and leadership development. Learn to identify the assets in your community; individuals, resources and programs.  UNITY Peer Guide and Salish, Kootenai Youth Council Advisor Vance Home Gun will co-host along with UNITY Alumni and White Mountain Youth Council Advisor Eileen Crocker. Click Below to register for this complementary training for Native youth Advocates on how to encourage community engagement.  Let’s talk about Community Support!

Building Community Support for Youth Councils on Thursday, October 29, at 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST  Read More

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources for Native Youth

In mid-September, the Center for Native American YouthNative Wellness InstituteWe R Native, and Tribal Health Reaching Out Involves Everyone (THRIVE) announced the “Native Youth Are Medicine Campaign.” This campaign aims to spark conversations around mental health, self-love, and to create youth-centered spaces to share practices that promote healing, wellness, and tools to live in balance. Check out their websites and social media/YouTube channels for a variety of virtual gatherings, including webinars, resource sharing, and discussions to promote wellness for Native American youth.

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Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Halls

Throughout our history and especially in the last year, we have seen the power of youth advocacy and voice in leading transformative change. At MENTOR, we have also spent the last year supporting the advocacy and policy training of 12 young people from throughout the nation, learning how to best partner with them on the development of critical advocacy skills and support their leadership. We strongly believe that young people should be at the forefront of addressing systemic issues in their communities and nation. Read More

Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Resources

Mental health professionals and school mental health personnel often do not receive intensive training on helping patients manage grief, loss, and bereavement, particularly grief related to situations seen during this pandemic. This series of fact sheets, developed by the MHTTC Network, is designed to help mental health professionals and school mental health personnel support patients, students, and families who may be experiencing grief at any time, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this sheet, we define grief and differentiate between normative or uncomplicated grief from prolonged or complicated grief. Read More

UNITY featured in Congressional Hearing

NATIVE YOUTH PERSPECTIVES ON
MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALING

OVERSIGHT HEARING
SUBCOMMITTEE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE
UNITED STATES OF THE
COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ONE HUNDRED SIXTEENTH CONGRESS

Click Here for the written transcripts of the Oversight Hearing- Native Youth & Mental Health
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UNITY Peer Guide Video Messages: Culture As Prevention

UNITY Peer Guides share their personal teachings on what “Culture As Prevention” means to them. This was part of an online series of virtual learning session. Click below to watch and share these inspirational messages with other Native youth.  Read More