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NUC Passes Resolution to support Native LGBTQ2S+ and Allies COVID-19 Impacts Study

UNITY is partnering with Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is seeking Native youth to be heard, and seen through a study that focuses on how COVID-19 impacts lives. Not only will your voices be heard, you can win up to $45 in gift cards. For more information, listen to a video presentation. Read More

Restoring Alaskan Traditional Food Systems

Meet UNITY Youth Andrew Weaver, from Azachorok Alaska. “To me, being an Earth Ambassador is the responsibility to take care of your land, educate others of its importance. I am proud to be of of the Central Yup’ik people of the Lower Yukon River” said Andrew. His Mountain Village is located in Western Alaska, approximately 450 miles northwest of Anchorage. Andrew has applied to his the Tribal council, and if elected will be youngest in office.  He is passionate about the ecological issue of the landfill in Mountain Village. Andrew is a strong leader and when he wants something done, he gets it done! “I believe Andrew will do great in restoring the Mountain Village landfill and making Mountain a clean safe place for all” said Tatiana Ticknor, former Alaskan UNITY Earth Ambassador. 

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Steve Harvey: Ancestral knowledge with a STEM education

Youth Submission by Steve Harvey, San Carlos Apache: I want to empower all Native youth to join me as an Earth Ambassador. Together we can bring lessons from nature and culture, using them to explore alternatives for a sustainable future, and empower participants to live more gently on our planet as Ambassadors of our environment. Applying sustainable living principles that could be used anywhere in the world and adding topics specific to each location. Read More

National UNITY Council Executive Committee Announcement

Calling all Native youth leaders in the Midwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southwest and Western Regions! Applications are open for vacant positions on the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee (NUC EC):  Read More

UNITY celebrates Earth Day by announcing its 2021 Native American youth Earth Ambassadors cohort

UNITY has announced the 2021-2022 class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors. The environmental stewardship and leadership program, which began in the 1990s, provides Native American youth with training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Indian country. Through the program, the ambassadors will learn effective methods to raise awareness and youth engagement of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities. Topics covered by previous cohorts have included recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.

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UNITY Midyear Virtual Speed Workshops

College and Career Readiness are coming straight to you this Midyear. UNITY Partners offer short presentations to Native youth participants available on demand on the UNITY website. Topics may include career, culture, education, environment etc. Click the links below to watch and share these workshops with your network.

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Live Youth to Youth Connections

During this year’s Midyear Conference participants will have an opportunity to join live discussions on the top 10 issues facing UNITY youth. These interactive sessions will be available after the general session on Friday and Saturday. UNITY leaders will brainstorm ways their peers can create community change to address these challenges. Read More

Apply today for the Golda Cook Scholarship

The late Golda Cook, Cherokee, is the mother of UNITY Founder J.R. Cook. Thanks to her, the UNITY organization was able to spread its wings and fly. Golda Cook provided financial support in the very early years of the organization. If it wasn’t for her, UNITY may not be what it is today. That’s the reason UNITY honors Golda Cook to this day by offering two $1500 scholarships in her memory.

UNITY has teamed up with the American indian Graduate Center in awarding the scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Read More

UNITY’s Annual Midyear Leadership Conference Returns Virtually for 2021

Registration is free for the online conference, which will feature guest speakers Kylee Russell and Hud Oberly

UNITY will hold its annual midyear conference virtually on April 23-24, 2021. Building on the success of its first-ever virtual national conference, the online event will engage Native youth from across the country through workshops, breakout sessions, music, and cultural sharing.

Participants will hear from guest speakers Kylee Russell (Lenape), an accomplished young actress who stars on several Disney projects and is also a singer, songwriter, and dancer, and Hud Oberly(Osage/Caddo/Comanche), creative director for Urban Native Era. Registration for the conference is free and includes complimentary registration for two additional UNITY webinars on March 27 and April 9 and a virtual youth event with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on April 22 where UNITY’s 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors will be announced. Read More

Erasure and Resilience: Resource to support LGBTQ Students of Color, Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth

Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Native and Indigenous LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools is one of a series of reports on LGBTQ students of color that examines the school experiences of Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth. Other reports in this series examine the experiences of AAPIBlack, and Latinx LGBTQ youth. Read More