Youth Councils of Note – UNITY, Inc.

U.S. House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples virtual Native Youth Forum

UNITY Inc.  has been asked to partner with the U.S. House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States to host a virtual Native Youth Forum. Eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives serve on this committee. You can learn more about them here. The tentative date for the forum is Thursday, July 16 (time TBA). The recommended topic for the forum is Mental Health and Healing, which ties into the theme of the upcoming UNITY Virtual Conference “Healing Starts Here.” As you know, Mental Health is a broad topic, which is why we’re conducting a small survey among UNITY’s youth leaders to obtain youth input to help organizers better prepare for the forum.
Your input is valuable. Please take the survey here. All it takes is 3 minutes or less. The deadline to take the survey is midnight, July 6, 2020.

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Save The Dates: 2020 UNITY Virtual Conference: June 25, July 9 & July 23

Participate & WIN for the 2020 UNITY Virtual Conference!
You could receive awesome FREE UNITY SWAG just for logging on!

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July 9 – Second General Assembly

July 15 & 16 – Virtual Regional Caucuses
July 16 – Congressional Forum TBA
July 23 – Third General Assembly, Cultural & Talent Showcase at 10am (PST) 
July 23 – Quarantine Dance Party at 3pm (PST)
July 28 & 29 – Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Halls Read More

Phoenix teens raise $11,000 for supplies to send to the Navajo Nation

From left to right: Caroline Purtill, Alex Goldstein, Sierra Goldstein Ben Richardson snd Max Goldstein in front of one of their supply hauls. (Photo: Max Goldstein)

by Alana Minkler, Arizona Republic Published 6:27 p.m. MT May 27, 2020

In three weeks, a friend group of teenagers in Phoenix raised over $11,000 for supplies to donate to the Navajo Nation. Read More

UNITY Quarantine Dance Party For Native Youth! Send In your Video for a Chance to Win $100

UNITY Quarantine Dance Party For Native Youth happening the Final Day of The National UNITY Virtual Conference featuring Emceeone!

0pen Call for Videos of YOU Busting Your Moves Doing YOUR  Favorite TikTok Dance

Drawing Winners from Video Submissions for a $100 Cash Prize & 20 UNITY Swag

Live Stream of Dances  July 23, 2020   3 pm Pacific

Click HERE to learn more, & sign up to submit a Dance Video!

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Sign up for the 2020 UNITY Virtual Cultural Exchange!

We want you to be part of the first ever virtual UNITY Cultural Exchange! The National UNITY Conference Talent Show is always a big hit every year and just because we’re going virtual this year doesn’t mean we can’t have a Cultural Exchange. We’re recruiting now for singers, dancers, storytellers, social teaching, and more! The only difference this year is you must videotape yourself doing your presentation for four minutes and then send the video to us! Have you always wanted to share a little bit of your culture? Now’s your chance!

Sign Up Here for One of the 20 Spots available in the Cultural Showcase

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Sign up for the 2020 UNITY Virtual Talent Show!

We want you to be part of the first ever virtual UNITY Talent Show! The National UNITY Conference Talent Show is always a big hit every year and just because we’re going virtual this year doesn’t mean we can’t have a Talent Show. We’re recruiting now for musicians, singers, dancers, spoken word artists, comedians, and more! The only difference this year is you must videotape yourself doing your talent for two minutes and then send the video to us! Have you always wanted to show off your unique talent? Now’s your chance!

Click Here to Sign Up

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8 Gardening Tips From Indigenous Food Growers

Garden interns learn plant and weed identification at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Cheyenne River Youth Project / Facebook

May. 25, 2020
By Stephanie Woodard

Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration. Read More

As Covid-19 tears through Navajo Nation, young people step up to protect their elders

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By MONA GABLE MAY 26, 2020

Michelle Tom stared into the screen. The Navajo doctor had just finished a grueling shift at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center urgent care facility in Winslow, Ariz., caring for Covid-19 patients. Now, she was spending her Friday night speaking via livestream to Native American youth about the pandemic. “I’ve seen it hit everyone,” she said of the coronavirus. “But I have the strength of my ancestors, the strength of my prayers, and the strength of all of you. We have to keep talking about it, especially to our young people.” Read More

Nominate a Deserving Advisor, Alumni or Youth for these 2020 UNITY Awards

Each year UNITY showcases the best in Indian Country through highlighting a few dedicated community members who embody the spirit of UNITY. Click here to find out more information on scholarships or Nominate a deserving Advisor and Alumni Today.

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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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