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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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Peer Guide Shares Mental Health Resources

In a message from Toiyabe Family Services Youth Prevention and Circles of Care, UNITY Peer Guide Leticia Gonzales shares mental health resources for Native youth and families. Leticia Lucille Gonzales, is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe in Bishop, California and serves as a UNITY Healing Indigenous Lives ambassador.

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Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow 2020

UNITY Peer Guide and current reigning 2019-2020 Miss Indian World Cheyenne Kippenberger was honored and recognized during the final Grand Entry of the 2020 Seminole Tribe of Florida Pow Wow.

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UNITY youth at NCAI Tribal Nations Policy Summit

Washington, DC – “It was encouraging to see so many of our UNITY youth leaders in action with tribal leaders as part of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Tribal Nations Policy Summit held last month in Washington, DC,” said UNITY’s Fund Development Director Greg Mendoza, who attended the event as part of UNITY’s effort to partner with tribal leadership. The NCAI Youth Commission partnered with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth “Champions for Change Week”
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Native Youth Healing Gathering Postponed- New Date and Time Coming Soon!

Our partners at National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) have postponed this virtual gathering. UNITY Peer Guides will offer a virtual break out session during the Native Youth Healing Gathering when the new date is announced. Stay tuned for more information www.ncuih.org for more details. Read More

Resources for Understanding Child Trauma

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with the informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI).  Not all children experience child traumatic stress after experiencing a traumatic event. With support, many children are able to recover and thrive. As a caring adult and/or family member, you play an important role.

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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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Three Resolutions for the National UNITY Council to Consider

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 Leader Crowned Miss Tohono O’odham Nation

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