Youth Councils of Note – Page 3 – UNITY, Inc.

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

Tulalip Board of Directors celebrate 2020 youth leaders

Tulalip News shares “The future is bright! Congratulations to the Tulalip Senior and Junior Youth Council members who were officially sworn into office by the Tulalip Board of Directors this morning!” These 14 future leaders were elected by their peers to guide them through 2020 and ensure their collective voice is heard on important community-wide issues, and also that the youth are properly represented at local gatherings.
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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community ushers in new youth council members

Leadership is not defined by one’s rank, position or job title, rather it is demonstrated through action and decision-making sums up the afternoon of honoring newly sworn-in members of the Young River Peoples Council (YRPC) during their Inauguration on January 4, 2020. Read More

Youth Leadership Day at Talking Stick Arena

On the third day of the new year, the Phoenix Indian Center and the Future Inspired Native American Leaders youth council hosted their annual Youth Leadership Day event.  This year, Native youth were treated to a special location, as the conference was hosted in the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.  With around 150 Native Youth in attendance, students had the chance to meet college and program booths for future opportunities.  This year’s Youth Leadership Day keynote speaker was Emcee One, whom spoke about his choices growing up and his recent success and experiences with music and winning an MTV award.

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UNITY Advisory Cohort empowers Native youth voice

Get to know the newest UNITY Peer Guide Cohort and learn more about their passion for advocating for “non-traditional” Native youth leadership. UNITY has recruited this diverse group of youth mentors, to design and facilitate six regional trainings across the nation. These trainings will empower Native youth to speak out about critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts within their home communities.

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Culture Camp ushers in resurgence of Stickball teachings

National UNITY Council Executive Committee member helped teach stickball at his tribes Culture Camp in Livingston, Texas for local Native youth. “It was awesome to see several of our tribes youth to participate in a long time tradition of ours” said Southern Plains Representative Colby Whitethunder of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The resurgence in traditional games are an important part of the tribe’s Inner Voice Youth Council’s efforts to integrate wellness teachings into their prevention efforts. Read More