Youth Council News – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Anthony Tamez-Pochel Is a Native American Defending History—and the Future.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee “Anthony Tamez-Pochel wasn’t even a teenager yet when he knew his life’s purpose. He just needed a little help from his brother and the city of Chicago.” Article in Men’s Health BY

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The effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of Indigenous communities

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In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Indigenous communities to a disproportionate degree. In this Special Feature, we bring into focus some of the mental health effects and challenges that Indigenous people face as a result of the pandemic.
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UNITY Quarantine Dance Party For Native Youth! Send In your Video for a Chance to Win $100

UNITY Quarantine Dance Party For Native Youth happening the Final Day of The National UNITY Virtual Conference featuring Emceeone!

0pen Call for Videos of YOU Busting Your Moves Doing YOUR  Favorite TikTok Dance

Drawing Winners from Video Submissions for a $100 Cash Prize & 20 UNITY Swag

Live Stream of Dances  July 23, 2020   3 pm Pacific

Click HERE to learn more, & sign up to submit a Dance Video!

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8 Gardening Tips From Indigenous Food Growers

Garden interns learn plant and weed identification at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Cheyenne River Youth Project / Facebook

May. 25, 2020
By Stephanie Woodard

Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration. Read More

NPAIHB Talking Is Power! How to Talk about Sex with your youth

Healthy Native Youth – NPAIHB

Talking to teens about sensitive topics is never easy, but it’s important to talk to them openly and honestly. Most teens say their parents or caregivers are their biggest influence when it comes to making decisions about healthy relationships. You don’t need to have all the answers, you just need to be there for them.

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UNITY celebrates 44 years!#NativeYouth44

So how did UNITY begin? Read an article from our archive featuring UNITY founder J.R. Cook. Did you know? As A child J.R. sold grasshoppers so he could buy a hog? Did you know, at an early UNITY conference, attendees stayed in tents! Read more here.

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UNITY Bloopers

Not our best takes! Even though UNITY has great and amazing speakers, we are still human.  There is no doubt that when a little red light and camera comes on we get a little nervous and want to look our best and be spot on. It is the human side that blossoms in our pursuit of perfection.  As Native people, our unique humor has carried us through many moments.  So check out UNITY’s blooper reel of UNITY’s leader and be sure to subscribe to UNITY’s youtube page.  Enjoy!

The Mvskoke Nation Youth Services invites you to join a webinar: The “A” Word

The “A” Word
The A Word is something that many of us experience, but rarely talk about. This youth led presentation will provide an overview of anxiety, coping strategies and the protective factor of cultural connections.

Presenters: Jasmine Buckley, Youth Mentor and Jasmyne Jack, Youth Services Specialist
Apr 15, 2020 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

The importance of action planning!

Action plans can help guide people and groups, including youth councils, on what needs to be done to complete a task, project, initiative or strategy. An action plan normally includes steps, milestones, and measures of progress, as well as responsibilities, specific assignments, and a timeline. Action plans are an important part of strategic planning. In this period of social distancing, youth are encouraged to develop Action Plans through video conferencing or conference calls.

Resources to Stay Connected: Virtual Youth Council Meetings

Did you know Youth Council members can and should stay connected during this time of social distancing? It is very important for groups to gather together, grow relationships and continue working towards goals and project plans.Meetings can continue to happen using technology. Each Youth Council is unique and has a purpose. Keep that UNITY Fire burning by fanning the flame of each member.

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