Youth Council News – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY 25 Under 25 supports Mesa Community College Native American Day

Mesa Community College hosted its first Native American Day late last month in Mesa, Arizona. The event was hosted by MCC’s I.S.O Club which stands for Intertribal Student Organization a school club, which works hard to bring awareness to Native issues and to make sure all Natives feel welcome to the college. The event was the brainchild of Miss Colorado River Indian Tribes Audri Mitchell, 25 Under 25 Awardee, who who serves as the I.S.O Club President. The event aligns with her platform to encourage youth to be more involved in their cultural teachings. 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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Executive Committee Meets in Grand Ronde for Retreat Training

Earlier this month, the National UNITY Council Executive Committee (NUC EC) hosted their retreat at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The NUC EC engaged in numerous topics including campaign building discussions and strategies. The trainings were led by UNITY facilitator and former NUC Executive Committee Co-President, Juanita Toledo.
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The Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship

The Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship
Opportunity Deadline: January 31st

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UNITY Youth Councils Gather to Give Thanks

“It is said that gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision of tomorrow’s young leaders,” stated Governor Gregory Mendoza; FINAL Advisor and UNITY Board Member. The Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council hosted the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council and Young River Peoples Council for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The event was organized by the FINAL Youth Council Special Projects Committee comprised of youth council members at the Phoenix Indian Center.  Read More

UNITY shines light on Bullying Prevention

During National Bullying Prevention/Awareness Month, in fighting for those who’ve dealt with bullying, UNITY wants you to know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Read More

AISES Conference attracts hundreds of Native youth


Several hundred Native youth gathered in Oklahoma City in October for the annual AISES National Conference, engaging with inspirational speakers, such as Dr. John Herrington, the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to travel to space, and participating in many networking sessions that promoted STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). UNITY staff and youth leaders connected with participants throughout the conference and with an outreach booth during the College and Career Fair.
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Arizona youth councils participate in annual recognition day parade

Two Arizona UNITY youth councils, The Young River Peoples Council of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council, participated in the 36th annual Native American Recognition Days parade held in downtown Phoenix. The Young River Peoples Council proudly displayed a “UNITY Youth Council of the Year” banner, a recognition they received at the 2018 National UNITY Conference this past June. The FINAL youth council proudly marched the route, engaging spectators with parade waves and cheer. Read More

UNITY youth receives Woman to Watch award in North Carolina

Raven Dial Stanley, 19, enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and current Miss Indian North Carolina, recently received a “Woman to Watch” award at the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference held last month in Clinton, North Carolina. Dial-Stanley was one of 10 recipients and the youngest to receive the award. She’s been active with One Spirit Youth Council, a UNITY affiliated youth council. Dial-Stanley is attending the University of NC at Greensboro where she is majoring in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies.

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