Youth Councils of Note – Page 6 – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY 25 Under 25 attends Dreamstarter Academy in Washington DC

Congrats to Freddy Gipp, 25, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, for being named a Dreamstarter! Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mill’s Running Strong for American Indian Youth organization provides grants to community non-profits who will mentor young Dreamstarters and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community. This year UNITY will work closely with Dreamstarter Freddy Gipp to help turn his dream into a reality.

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2019 JR Cook Advisor of the Year Award

Effective and successful youth councils consistently have a few commonalities:
1.) An advisor who is involved;
2.) Who provides wise counsel and guidance; and
3.) Is willing to work closely with youth council members as they make and carry out their decisions and related activities

Pictured: 2018 JR Cook Advisor of the year, Ashley Dillion (San Carlos Apache Tribe)

Honor your Advisor and nominate them for the 2019 JR Cook Advisor of the Year! FORM: https://forms.gle/4sGfEe9xkLLvj57X6

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2019 Golda Cook Scholarship presented by the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

In honor of the life of Golda Cook (1913 – 2005) and her on-going support of UNITY, especially in the organization’s early years, Golda’s friends, family, and UNITY trustees established the Golda Cook Memorial Fund.

UNITY awards two students (one young woman and one young man), who demonstrate community service and leadership. The scholarships, $1000 each, will be announced and awarded during the 2019 National UNITY Conference banquet in Orlando, Florida.

Golda Cook Scholarships Form: https://forms.gle/BDA873GWrXuGmzr76

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UNITY Youth Crowned ASU Royalty

Not just one, but two UNITY 25 Under 25 awardees and former National UNITY Executive Committee members were crowned as Mr. and Miss Indian Arizona State University at the recent scholarship pageant. Congratulations to Tashoni Morales, of the Tachi-Yokut/Te-Moak W. Shoshone tribes, and Lance Sanchez, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, as they continue to inspire the Native youth across Arizona.

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UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Amira Madison

We recently caught up to UNITY alumna Amira Madison. Below she share’s details about her life journey thus far and how UNITY impacted her life.

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Nevada Native youth voices are heard at education summit


Native American youth representing tribes in Nevada and around the country shared their ideas about equity in education and how UNITY impacted their lives as part of a youth panel at the 12th Annual American Indian Alaska Native Education Summit Health recently in Reno, Nevada. About nine students, mostly representing the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Fort Mc Dermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe and Yerington Paiute Tribes, spoke to the theme “Equity, A voice for all students.” The student panelists were also challenged to speak about the importance of a UNITY youth council and how UNITY impacted their lives.

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UNITY Wellness Warriors Virtual Conference “Indigenous Approaches to Wellness”


Please join us for UNITY’s first ever Wellness Warrior Virtual Conference! In efforts to be inclusive of Native youth who are unable to attend our Conferences in person, we are live-streaming this free interactive training for Youth Councils to watch together! Contact us for ideas on hosting your own Watch Party!  The virtual conference will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 from 12pm-4pm MST/PT.  Read More

Watch & Win: Host Your Own Watch Party for UNITY’s First Virtual Conference


Watch & Win: One lucky Youth Council Watch Party will Win 4 National Conference Registrations
Please join us for UNITY’s first ever Wellness Warrior Virtual Conference! In efforts to be inclusive of Native youth who are unable to attend our Conferences in person, we are live-streaming this free interactive training for Youth Councils to watch together! Contact us for ideas on hosting your own Watch Party!  Read More

Native youth and UNITY youth shine in Washington, DC

Native youth from south and eastern tribes represented their communities with pride while developing community action plans as part of a youth track at the USET Impact Week events in Washington, DC. USET stands for United South and Eastern Tribes inc. USET and the Close Up Foundation have partnered for the past 20 years to work with youth from USET tribal nations where students are involved in the democratic process through current issue debates, collaborative learning, and the development of citizenship skills while also engaging with the USET Board of Directors.

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UNITY Training with Tulalip Tribal Youth Council

TULALIP, WASHINGTON – The beauty of the pacific northwest serves as a reflection of those who inhabit the land, especially it’s people and youth. The Tulalip Youth Services along with Tulalip Tribal Youth Council held a training with UNITY trainer Juanita C. Toledo (Jemez Pueblo) and UNITY staff Jared Ivins-Massey (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), engaging with more than 25 youth service employees and youth.

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