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UNITY Prepares for Big Turnout at National Native Youth Leadership Conference in DC

Native Youth at Nike during 2014 National ConferenceMesa, AZ – Nearly 1,500 Native American youth from across Indian Country will gather in Washington, DC this summer to participate in the annual National UNITY Conference taking place July 10-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The five-day agenda will feature several nationally known keynote speakers, more than 30 workshops, a cultural exchange night, talent show, and awards banquet and dance.

“We are working with the National UNITY Council Executive Committee to create one of the most memorable and special national conferences to date,” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY, Inc. “Excitement is definitely in the air as we plan this big event. We will be announcing our theme soon and will reveal our guest speakers and presenters over the next few months. I encourage everyone to stay connected for conference updates by visiting our website often and signing up for our UNITY e-Newsletter,” added Titla.

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UNITY Youth Leaders Prepare to Gather in Washington, DC

Annual UNITY Midyear Conference to take place February 11-15, 2015

UNITYMidyear2015Mesa, AZ—Nearly 200 Native American youth and advisors from across the country, representing tribal communities and youth councils, will gather for a week-long youth leadership conference in Washington DC. The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY, Inc.) will host its annual midyear conference, with programming focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from February 11 – 15, 2015. Agenda highlights include a visit to Capitol Hill where youth councils will visit with representatives from congress, youth forums and exclusive dialogue with invited guests from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and youth council presentations and sharing of community service projects.

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“Today’s Native Leaders” Training for Native Youth Set for Rapid City, South Dakota

Free training offered for up to 100 Native youth!

Mesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in April in Rapid City, South Dakota.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the  Hilton Garden Inn from April 10-12, 2015. There is no registration fee.

This TNL training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:

  • Team building activities
  • Action planning & event promotion
  • Developing community service projects
  • How to create a UNITY youth council
  • Opportunity to present at a national conference Read More

UNITY to Host Annual Golf Fundraiser Benefiting Native Youth

Native American Golf Professional, Alexandrea Schulte, serves as Honorary Chair

Alexandrea SchulteMesa, AZ—UNITY will hold its annual UNITY Golf Classic on January 15, 2015 at Whirlwind Golf Club, an enterprise of the Gila River Indian Community. The event serves as an important fundraising opportunity for UNITY, with proceeds benefiting programming and leadership development for Native youth.

“We invite all golfers to join us for a great day of golf, a terrific silent and live auction featuring sports memorabilia, art, golf packages and more” said UNITY’s Executive Director, Mary Kim Titla. “We have spots open for teams and individuals, those interested can call our office or go the UNITY website to register” added Titla.

Professional Golfer, Alexandrea Schulte of the Northern Ute Tribe, will serve as honorary chair of the 2015 UNITY Golf Classic. Schulte began competing professionally at the age of 24. This past season, she secured two Top-2 Finishes, one Top-5 finish and one Top-10 finish.

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Olympian Billy Mills Set to Join UNITY Open House Celebration

Billy Mills Victory LapMesa, AZ—The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., also known as UNITY, will hold its 2nd Annual Open House on Friday, December 19. UNITY moved its headquarters from Oklahoma City, OK to Mesa, AZ in the fall of 2013 and marks the occasion with an annual open house. This year’s celebration will feature the lighting of the UNITY Fire, songs around the UNITY Drum, tours of the headquarters featuring memorabilia from UNITY’s 38 year history, and special guest speakers including Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), winner of the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meter run.

“I’m honored to attend UNITY’s 2nd Annual Open House in Mesa, Arizona. I look forward to seeing the faces of our Native American youth. Running Strong for American Indian Youth supports UNITY’s efforts to empower our young people and to give them a voice on issues that affect them,” said Billy Mills, Running Strong’s national spokesperson.

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UNITY Youth Leaders Inspired at Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference

Brian Weeden and President ObamaWashington, DC—“Not only did I get to see and hear his powerful message to Indian country and shake his hand but I got a selfie with President (Barack) Obama,” wrote Brian Weeden, 21, Mashpee Wampanoag, on his Facebook page shortly after he and Sarah Scott, 20, Lummi, shook hands with President Barack Obama last week during the Sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) in Washington, DC.  Weeden and Scott serve as Co-Presidents of the National UNITY Council.  UNITY stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth.  The purpose of the annual WHTNC is to foster the relationship between the United States Government and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

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Native Youth Tackle Tribal Issues  at Today’s Native Leaders Training in Florida

Ft. Lauderdale TNL Team WorkFort Lauderdale, Florida—About 70 Native American youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation addressed issues such as suicide and loss of culture at a leadership training last week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event in Fort Lauderdale.

 

The free TNL training, which focused on culturally relevant leadership development, included a curriculum promoting team building activities, action planning & event promotion, developing community service projects, and “How to create a UNITY youth council.”  Several youth from the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and 25 Under 25 Leadership Program served as youth trainers.

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UNITY Native youth serve as Grand Marshals for 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade

October 13, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Kim Titla, (480) 718-9793

 

Phoenix, Arizona—UNITY youth were selected this year as the distinguished Grand Marshals for the Native American Connections Parade, part of the annual Native American Recognition Days (NARD) celebrated in the Phoenix-metro area every October and November. The parade, which took place on Saturday, October 11 and is sponsored and organized by Native American Connections – a Native American service and development organization in the Phoenix area, is a highlighted event of the more than 25 NARD events that will take place this year.

 

UNITY youth councils from around the state and surrounding communities showed up in force to represent and celebrate Native youth. Members of the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, Yavapai-Apache Nation Youth Council, White Mountain Apache Youth Council, San Carlos Apache Youth Council, Hualapai Nation Youth Council, Cesar Chavez High School Youth Council, Mesa Strength Youth Council, and Mountain View High School Native American Club took part in the special day. Several hundred parade watchers cheered from the streets of downtown Phoenix as the parade grand marshals, float entries, bands and tribal royalty entertained and waved to the crowd.

 

UNITY youth participants prepped for the big day with a two-day float building gathering at the UNITY headquarters, with construction going late into the evenings. The entry promoted the parade theme message of “Body, Mind and Spirit – Healthy in our Communities.” 

 

“It was an honor for our youth at UNITY to be asked to lead the parade this year. What a warm welcome we have received from the Phoenix community since relocating our headquarters to Arizona last year” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY. “It was a great experience and wonderful to see the support lining the streets at the parade for our Native youth.”

“Today’s Native Leaders” training for Native youth set for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

NEWS RELEASE
September 11, 2014
Contact:   Mary Kim Titla, 480 718 9793

Mesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel from October 24-26, 2014. There is no registration fee.

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UNITY Youth Featured at Native American Heritage Night

UNITY youth featured as thousands attend the
Phoenix Mercury Native American Heritage Night

Mesa, AZ – Thousands of Native American basketball fans traveled from all parts of Arizona and around the country to Phoenix earlier this week (August 5) to see Atlanta Dream’s Shoni Schimmel in action as her team took on WNBA leader Phoenix Mercury.  The Phoenix Mercury capitalized on an anticipated large audience by hosting Native American Heritage Night and featuring United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) as a benefiting charity.  The near sell-out crowd roared and held up homemade signs as “Showtime Shoni” entered the game midway through the first quarter.  “It was a great feeling.  It felt like a home game for us, especially being in Indian Country,” said Schimmel, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indians.
 
“I was like I can’t believe this is happening.  It was powerful seeing all the Natives.  It was so loud, I didn’t even hear her name announced when she was introduced.  It was awesome to be there representing my tribe,” said Carrie Hood, 20, Miss Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.  “I never thought I would have met Shoni Schimmel but to have her autograph on my necklace and to be recognized at a game she played at was truly humbling,” said Layha Spoonhunter, 24, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, who flew in from Wyoming for the game.  Both Hood and Spoonhunter were recognized with other UNITY youth during halftime festivities.

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