News Releases – UNITY, Inc.

National UNITY Conference garners more than 2,300 Native youth

Native American youth from urban and rural communities across the nation gathered in July for the annual National UNITY Conference, held at the Gaylord Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. The 5-day conference, hosted by United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), provided participants with culturally relevant leadership and skill-building training through workshops and keynote presentations. For 43 years, UNITY has offered essential support to Native American and Alaska Native youth, ages 14-24, through various programming opportunities, instilling a foundation for youth leaders and advocates to activate and build upon being positive change agents in their communities.

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UNITY names leadership team to support National Leadership Initiative

UNITY, Inc. has named two individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead a national leadership initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  The cooperative agreement provides funding to engage Native American youth and youth serving programs in a national initiative that builds on the successes of the past OJJDP National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. Over the next two years, the initiative will hold six regional trainings to gather Native youth feedback on how best to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to cultural prevention, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.

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The National Center and UNITY Announces Winners of Business Plan Competition for Youth

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development presented two students a $1,500 check during the National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida for winning the Business Plan Competition for Youth. The contest was held in partnership with UNITY. The competition required high school and college-aged participants to develop a business plan and pitch their idea to a panel of experts. We are pleased to announce that Joseph Davis from Gila River Indian Community and Rachel Arthur from Colville Confederated Tribes won the competition for their idea to create a coffee shop called Aesthetic Coffee Co.

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UNITY announces the newest class of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program

UNITY has announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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2019 National UNITY Conference Call for Workshop Presenters

UNITY is seeking those interest in conducting a workshop at the 2019 National UNITY Conference taking place July 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida!

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Native Youth Gather to Discuss Advocacy and Movement Building in Tribal Communities

United National Indian Tribal Youth Holds Annual Midyear Conference

Mesa, Ariz. (February 27, 2019) – The 2019 UNITY Midyear Conference, held February 15-18 in Scottsdale, Arizona, gathered more than 400 Native American and Alaska Native youth and advisor participants, representing rural and urban tribal communities from across the U.S. The core focus of the four-day conference was to train and provide a toolkit to Native youth participants – who identified the challenging societal issues impacting their respective communities – and to build advocacy and action plans to ignite conversation and change. Read More

Award-winning performers to headline leadership conference for Native Youth

Frank Waln
Photo credit: Tomas Karmelo Amaya

Dr. Evan Adams
Photo courtesy of Dr. Adams

American hip hop artist Frank Waln, and actor turned medical physician Dr. Evan Adams, will give motivational presentations at the United National Indian Tribal Youth’s (UNITY) annual midyear conference, February 15-18, 2019, at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Read More

UNITY to Expand the National Intertribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative

Mesa, AZ – October 26, 2018 – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) and the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have entered a three-year cooperative agreement that provides UNITY $500,000 of funding to engage Native American youth and youth serving programs in a national initiative that builds on the successes of the past OJJDP National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. The initiative will  support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to public safety issues, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.  Read More

Serving in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer by Sapphire Carter

I’m resourceful. As a Peace Corps Secondary Education volunteer, I’ve learned to work in situations with little to no available resources, in extreme physical and mental conditions. Even without books, electricity or similarly modern conveniences, I am still able to give my students a quality education.”  -Sapphire Carter, 24, Chippewa Cree, UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee
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