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UNITY Midyear Virtual Speed Workshops

College and Career Readiness are coming straight to you this Midyear. Presenters will offer short presentations to Native youth participants available on demand on the UNITY website. Topics may include career, culture, education, environment etc. Click the link below to select which Workshop you will attend next week!

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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

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

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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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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