Youth Councils of Note – UNITY, Inc.

Resources to Stay Connected: Virtual Youth Council Meetings

Did you know Youth Council members can and should stay connected during this time of social distancing? It is very important for groups to gather together, grow relationships and continue working towards goals and project plans.Meetings can continue to happen using technology. Each Youth Council is unique and has a purpose. Keep that UNITY Fire burning by fanning the flame of each member.

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Chickasaw Youth Council attends youth summit in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation)

The Chikasha Pehlichi Ikbi “Creating Chickasaw Leaders” Youth Leadership Program recently attended the Close Up Foundation’s annual American Indian Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. During the summit, CPI youth leaders had the opportunity to engage in workshops with others from different tribal communities. 

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Youth Win Big at RES

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development hosted a Native Youth Business Plan Competition that awarded one high school and one college team $7,500 each at their Annual RES Conference. The winning high school team was Latte for the Oyate from Wolf Point High School in Wolf Point, MT; a charity coffee cart turned into a high school business enterprise. Read More

Cherokee Youth Summit Builds Leadership

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Navajo middle school youth council captures hearts

 A new youth council from the Navajo nation captured the hearts of attendees at the UNITY Midyear Conference. A big reason may have to do with their ages. The District 17 Youth Council members are made of youth ages 10 to 12 years old. The youth council, from the communities surrounding Gallup, New Mexico, became an affiliate just one week prior to the midyear conference. Most affiliated UNITY youth councils are made up of high school and college age youth. The conference attracted a record 450 participants from around the country.

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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 Visits Southern Arizona Partners

Sells/Tucson, Arizona – Promoting and developing partners for UNITY is a priority according to Fund Development Manager Greg Mendoza as he traveled to southern Arizona. “One of the best ways to promote UNITY is to do it in-person. By traveling to meet with tribal leaders and representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, University of Arizona and the Tucson Indian Center, he was able to talk about UNITY and distribute packets about the organization.” he said. UNITY looks forward to further strengthening these partnerships for years to come.   Pictured above is Chairman Robert Valencia, of the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe. 
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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

Calling all NUC Reps to register for this year’s Peer Leaders Training

Once a year UNITY dedicates time for leadership development trainings of the National UNITY Council representatives. We invite one young man and one young woman to serve as your Youth Council representatives. Take advantage of this free training opportunity for your youth leaders to have hands on training with UNITY Leaders before the upcoming Midyear Conference. The Peer Leaders Training will take place on Friday, February 14 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe, Arizona.

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Rewarding Experience for the O’odham Soul: Earth Ambassador Reflections

Article submitted by UNITY Earth Ambassador, Samuel Lopez: “I was the coordinator of a workshop titled “Tohono O’odham Hunting/Traditional Foods” at our annual Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Conference. The goal of this workshop was to teach youth the importance of Tohono O’odham traditional food in our physical, social, spiritual, and mental well-being as a people. The participants sorted two types of Ba:wi (Tepary Beans), Weg ck Tota (Red and White), the only two of about thirty two types that survived through WWII. This is a very calm and peaceful process, so a lot of youth found comfort in this. Read More