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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

National Runaway Safeline

National Runaway Safeline, here to listen, here to helpThe National Runaway Safeline offers a crisis hotline and online services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to youth at risk of running away, those who have run away or are homeless, and their families.

CALL: 1-800-RUNAWAY
CLICK: 1800RUNAWAY.org  (visit disclaimer page)
TEXT: 66008

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Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is pleased to offer the following publications addressing what victim advocates need to know concerning sex trafficking as it impacts Native people and Indian country.
The Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum   is designed to introduce information on sex trafficking of Native people, covering topics such as the definition of sex trafficking, red flags, trafficker tactics, screening for sex trafficking, and advocacy roles and responsibilities. The Curriculum consists of three components:

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Human Trafficking Resources & toolkit for Youth Service Providers

With OJJDP support, the Youth Collaboratory developed a toolkit for youth service providers to build their understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of child. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with OJJDP support, has developed the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking to help judicial officers better understand the dynamics of domestic child sex trafficking, the applicable laws and legal considerations involving trafficking victims, how to identify trafficked and at-risk children, and how to connect these youth to appropriate services. Read More

UNITY youth develop new training with Peer Guides

The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative (HILI) kicked off 2020 planning with a listening session in the Salt River community in Arizona on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 in partnership with the Young River Peoples Youth Council. The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative, a partnership between UNITY and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), seeks to increase engagement with youth who have experienced trauma and bring awareness to public safety issues in Indian country. The listening session brought together over 70 Native youth from various Arizona communities with the goal of providing feedback on the proposed Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative curriculum. Read More