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Telling your Story During this Crisis

While we grapple with new obstacles and age-old challenges, people across the U.S. are still stepping up to maintain and deepen connections and care for their communities. The public is re-learning the value of relationships and the truth of our interdependence. Weave: The Social Fabric Project launched the #WeavingCommunity campaign along with 300 community partners to ensure this crisis drives us together, not apart. Weaving Community is inviting people into honest conversation, acts of caring and meaningful community action. The goal is stronger, more connected communities during this time and forever more. Read More

Racial Healing Service Project Ideas

Power of Youth Challenge: America’s Promise Awards 10 Winners with $1,000 to Expand their Service Projects and Bring Positive Impacts to their Communities

Last year, America’s Promise Alliance launched the Power of Youth Challenge to encourage and inspire youth-led service projects around the country.  In partnership with Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Peace First, we posed a challenge to young people to identify an issue or an injustice in their community and put forth an idea that engages others to make an impact. To deepen their knowledge and insights about a problem their community faces and put forth a solution, we gave them $250 to help make it happen.    Read More

The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing

The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing is a leadership and service opportunity supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. The Challenge, funded by the Allstate Foundation, provides young people (ages 13-19) across the U.S. with the opportunity to identify a need in their communities related to racial healing and apply for a $250 grant to support a (COVID-safe) service project. In addition to building their own leadership, service, and career skills, grant winners will have the opportunity to increase understanding, communication, caring, and respect within their communities through service projects that address racial division and injustice.

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Give $45 in Celebration of 45 years

Invest in Native Youth by donating $45 in celebration of 45 years of UNITY youth leadership development. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, during the pandemic UNITY continued to provide support to Native youth with complimentary registrations, waiving Membership dues, free virtual trainings and fun youth to youth connections. On Arizona Gives Day this April, we ask you to help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 by giving just $45 to continue our legacy for years to come. All funds raised will go directly to youth programs to directly benefit Native youth.

All we need is 223 people to commit to give $45.
Will you give today? Thank you in advance.

Earn $45 gift cards and other prizes for your Earth Day project!

UNITY Earth Ambassador & Peer Guide Angela Noah
This is a call to action! The preservation of Mother Earth has been identified by Native youth as a top priority. Earth day is April 22nd. How will you help preserve our environment and precious resources? All it takes is a little planning for your Earth Day project and you’re on your way to earning some spending money and cool UNITY swag!
To earn prizes, all we ask is for you to complete a project to help the earth in some way within 45 days starting April 16, which is UNITY’s birthday.

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 Free April 9th training! How to nail your virtual presentation!


Virtual connections are now the norm. Have you hosted one but want to hone your skills? Or you’d like to but have reservations? Now’s your chance to learn tips on how to successfully host a virtual discussion, meeting, or fun connection.UNITY Trainers Robert Johnston and Lovina Louie are teaming up to help you with the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up. The best part? It’s free!

Sign up today!

Announcement about the new class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors happens on Earth Day

Youth in Action: Sustainable Agriculture
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:01 AM ET
Available on demand until Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 11:59 PM ET 

In celebration of Earth Day, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), UNITY will announce its 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors during the NMAI Youth in Action Live broadcast.  UNITY Earth Ambassador and 25 Under 25 Awardee Marco Ovando (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes), Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and Jack Pashano (Hopi) will also discuss the role traditional ecological knowledge plays in their work as farmers and entrepreneurs.
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An Advocates Sacred Responsibility to Our Land

“To me, being an environmental ambassador means advocating for my tribal sacred lands.  I believe the communities needs come before my needs, and without our lands we would not have a place to call home. In Santo Domingo, we face many environmental issues like: drought which affects our river and farmers; invasive species like salt cedars which have taken over the Rio Grande valley; and illegal dumping which results in pollution of our lands. My home lands and its people are what made me who I am and who raised me to be the woman I am today so I cannot imagine life without my Pueblo environment.” – Lanell Chavez, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

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UNITY Male Co-President Scottie Miller Steps Up for the Environment 

Many may know Scottie Miller (Swinomish, Washington) as the funny, lovable Northwest Wellness Warrior or the wise Male Co-President of the National UNITY Council, but in his down town this leader makes time to play an active role in his community’s environmental team in Swinomish.  “All UNITY youth should take a stand to protect and advocate for environmental issues whenever possible. It is very important to lead by example as an ambassador” says Scottie.
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Seminole youth leading by example

“Being environmental ambassador is taking up a platform to represent your tribe in the issues you are facing. More Native youth are needed to engage in discussions with others, that may or may not have the same problems as your community, to learn from each other and brainstorm solutions. As an environmental ambassador is that it is your job to discuss and teach other people within your tribe about the environment and what effects it is having on where you live. Native youth voices can have an impact on our environment.”  – Mahala Rain Billie-Osceola, Seminole Tribe of Florida Read More