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UNITY Youth hosts Red Dress Special honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Statistics show there were more than 5,700 known incidents in the U.S. of missing and murdered Indigenous women reported to the National Crime Information Center in 2016, a sad reality 25 Under 25 Awardee Jazmine Wildcat says needs more attention. “This is a subject that means a lot to me. I feel that our Native women are the backbone of our people and as life-givers, our people cease to exist if we do not protect them,” said Wildcat, a member of the Northern Arapaho Nation.  Her passion on the issue led her to host a Red Dress special at Northern Arapaho Powwow in Arapaho, Wyoming.
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UNITY Executive Director speaks at McNary Elementary School

How many of you are the oldest child in your family?asked UNITYs Executive Director Mary Kim Titla to students at McNary Elementary school. Many raised their hands. How many of you are the middle child?More raised their hands. How many of you are the babies of the family?The last of the hands went up in the school gymnasium where all 135 students K-12 recently gathered to hear Titlas presentation during Native American Heritage Month. Read More

Monument Valley youth councils shine at Utah conference

In front of dozens of high school educators and parents, members of three UNITY affiliated youth councils in Monument Valley proudly shared the impact their community service projects are making in their communities. UNITY clubs at Monument Valley High School, San Juan High School and Whitehorse High School recently shared their experiences during a workshop at the 25th Annual Heritage Language conference hosted by the San Juan School District in Monument Valley, Utah. Read More

UNITY youth featured at Orme Dam Victory Days

UNITY youth took center stage at the 37th Annual Orme Dam Victory Days celebration hosted by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona. As a result of its long-standing relationship with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, UNITY gladly partnered with the tribe to coordinate cultural performances during the three-day event. In honor of the theme “Yavapai Youth of Tomorrow” four UNITY youth councils and other youth presented their traditional songs and dances at the Yavapai Village located at the tribe’s fairground site.

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It’s #GivingTuesday!


Help us reach our goal today of $5,000!

Will you help us provide scholarships for deserving Native youth to attend the 2019 National UNITY Conference?

Each year, UNITY is inundated with requests for financial assistance from deserving Native youth to attend the annual National UNITY Conference. These youth are looking for the opportunity to network, learn, and build on their inherent leadership skills. They are our future.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY!

Meet Raven, Joseph, Quenton and Richard

“As an Indigenous woman growing up in an area where I represented less than 1% of the population, I was constantly searching for my place. Being a part of the UNITY family has certainly reformed my life to embrace what makes me unique and to honor my heritage. As a Native American in today’s society, I feel that I have an obligation to preserve the integrity of my culture. By participating in UNITY events such as their annual conferences, Today’s Native Leaders (TNL), as well as the White House Tribal Youth gathering, I was able to gain so many useful resources to help not only myself but my people.”
– Raven Dial Stanley, 19, Lumbee

 

“UNITY has been life-changing, to say the least. It has helped me grow so much, and it has also given me so much hope for the future of Indian Country. Just to know that there are thousands of Native youth out there paving the way for future generations. UNITY is a huge driving force for that and I am beyond grateful for this organization.”
– Joseph Richard Davis, 23, Akimel O’odham

“I attended my first UNITY Conference in 2014, and ever since, I have been inspired to make a difference in my community. UNITY helped me realize that even though I was young, I could still make an impact on my fellow community members. In high school, I was elected student council president and I also began an internship at the tribe’s AhTahThiKi Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation. After I graduated, I continued my work at the museum part-time until I was hired as the Community Engagement Coordinator. I have been in this position now for a year and a half and I have made many achievements and made a name for myself among my people, with the goal of serving on our Tribal Council. I credit UNITY with my achievements and am excited for the National UNITY Conference to come to Florida in 2019, and for my Tribe to serve as the host!”
– Quenton Cypress, 23, Seminole Tribe of Florida

“The UNITY Organization has brought drastic change to my life. Surrounded by peers that understood the struggles and the successes, it allowed me to open up and become more involved in my community, tribe, and my culture. And for that I’m thankful.”
– Richard Blake Crook, 20, Poarch Creek

 

 

 

This year, on this #GivingTuesday, UNITY will collect dollars to create a scholarship fund to help youth who otherwise do not have the financial means to attend the 2019 National UNITY Conference taking place July 4 – 8 in Orlando, Florida.

CLICK HERE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! THANK YOU!

 

Guarantee your Discounted Rate! Book your room today for the 2019 UNITY National Conference

The 2019 National UNITY Conference host hotel is now taking room reservations! Click HERE to reserve your room at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL under the discounted  UNITY rate.  Call for more information: 877-382-7299

Former UNITY Co-President and UNITY Alumnus takes story to TEDx Talk stage

“When I began with UNITY at 13, it was at a time that I knew I had a story to share but I didn’t know how to share it. UNITY gave me the tools I needed to be comfortable speaking in front of a large crowd. When I served as UNITY Co-President, I gained more,” said Dan Terrio, who was featured as a TEDx Talk speaker earlier this month.
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Wellness Warriors Releases Fall Poster Collection

UNITY Wellness Warriors has released its Fall 2018 wellness campaign posters, part of an ongoing series featuring Native American youth.  The posters feature Native youth from communities across the country, representing the lifestyles they live as they express their culture, daily habits, and hobbies that allow them to live positive and healthy lifestyles.
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Bank of America Celebrates Native American Community Partnerships

UNITY staff were guests at the recent annual Native American Heritage Month Celebration hosted by the Bank of America Native American Professional Network (NAPN). The event took place at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center where everyone was welcomed and seated by the NAPN members. The event started with the American Legion Ira H. Hayes Post 84 Color Guard followed by prayer and guest speakers who educated and inspired the audience with positive messages. NAPN has been a great supporter of UNITY conferences over the past several years, including sending numerous volunteers to support registration and check-in.
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