Youth Council News – UNITY, Inc.

Nominations for Scholarship and Recognition Awards Now Open

Honor a deserving individual (including yourself!) by nominating them for one of the following awards:

  • JR Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year
  • Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year
  • Gold Cook $1,000 Scholarship (1 male and 1 female recipient)

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National UNITY Council Executive Committee application

Applications for the National UNITY Executive Committee are now open.  If you are interested in becoming a representative for your region on the Executive Committee, complete the application by 5:00 PM (PST) on June 8, 2018.  Read More

Many Nations Youth Council promotes UNITY at OU’s Spring Heritage Celebration

The Many Nations Youth Council recently promoted UNITY at the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Spring Celebration. The event featured speakers, Native games, and exhibit booths. The youth council highlighted the opportunities UNITY provides to Native youth through programs such as Earth Ambassadors, 25 Under 25, and Wellness Warriors. Many students attending OU received information regarding UNITY’s National and Midyear conferences, as well as how to join a council or start their own. The event was sponsored by the OU American Indian Student Association (AISA).

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Win FREE Registrations to UNITY Midyear and National Conferences!

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UNITY’s 5 + 5 + 5 Contest!

Have you or your youth council worked on a community service project you wish you could share with other Native youth? Or do you have an upcoming youth project that is newsworthy? Now’s your chance! Read More

UNITY Co-Presidents participate in national youth organizing conference

UNITY’s Co-Presidents Sophie Tiger, Comanche/Standing Rock Sioux, and Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack/Stz’ umimus First Nation, recently joined about 400 youth leaders from around the country for the second annual Youth POWER: From Rooted Resilience to Rising Power convening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event was hosted by the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) and FCYO’s Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE). Youth organizers from more than 100 other groups from across the U.S. participated in three days of exciting activities including organizing trainings, relationship building, strategy development, learning tours, and fun.

“Youth Power Rising was an amazing conference! I had the opportunity to meet youth from all backgrounds who are doing phenomenal things to change the conditions within their community and for society. I gained knowledge of strategies to create change within Indian Country and I cannot wait to share these ideas and strategies with the Executive Committee and the youth! I would love to thank UNITY for once again providing endless opportunities that allow growth in leadership development,” said Tiger.

“This conference was a success. You really have to take a moment and appreciate F.C.Y.O. for hosting something that can be tough to host but can easily inspire someone to be a leader. I acknowledge their outstanding effort and success for this conference because I know how hard it can be to help facilitate and organize a conference with 400 plus people. I commend them from a personal perspective as I have been attending UNITY conferences since 2013, but I have been able to work behind the scenes since 2014. There’s a lot of little things that go into making a big conference successful. As an attendee, I got to learn and grow as I sat down in some pretty intense workshops. This conference was just amazing from the people I met, and from what I was able to learn. Of course, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for U.N.I.T.Y. So I have to say ‘thank you’ to this organization once again, for helping strengthen my leadership,” said Seymour.

Youth Power Rising encouraged students to learn about historical and current impacts of colonization and explore resiliency practices, tools and cultural practices that have stood the test of time. In addition, youth discussion focused on strengthening the self-determination of communities to have the political, economic and cultural power to build just, healthy and thriving communities.

UNITY thanks FCYO for inviting UNITY youth leaders to participate.

 

Wellness Warrior Spotlight: ACORN Youth Group Completes Harvest Challenge 

Wellness Warriors inspires native youth across the country to seek out and share traditional recipes for their “Harvest Challenge”. Below is one California submission that has gone far and beyond in helping address their community needs! Check out their recipe on the “UNITY Wellness Warriors” Mobile App, Free for download in app stores for Android and Apple users.  Read More

UNITY Training offered to Tulalip Youth Council

About 14 youth leaders from the Tulalip Tribes recently participated in a UNITY training in Tulalip, Washington. The training, to develop a youth council constitution and bylaws, took place after the newly elected officers of the Tulalip Sr. and Jr. Youth Councils were sworn in before the Tulalip Tribal Council. The Tulalip Youth Council spent an entire day doing team-building exercises and drafting an entire constitution and bylaws. The training was conducted by UNITY Wellness Warrior’s Program Coordinator Josh Tso, Navajo, UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, and Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack/Stz’uminus First Nation, who served as a peer leader. Read More

UNITY’s Welcomes Newest Youth Council

UNITY welcomes the newly formed San Diego Inter-tribal Youth Council! They became a UNITY affiliate in September 2017. The group is sponsored by the San Diego American Indian Health Center. Youth members and advisors are pretty pumped about the 2018 National #UNITY Conference to be held in San Diego next July. Read More

Co-Presidents Promote UNITY at National Conventions

National UNITY Council Co-Presidents, Hamilton Seymour and Sophie Tiger, address tribal leadership at the annual National Congress of American Indians convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Co-Presidents of the National UNITY Council, Sophie Tiger, Comanche/Standing Rock Sioux, and Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack and Stz’uminus First Nation, addressed tribal leaders during a general assembly at the National Congress of American Indians convention held recently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They explained UNITY’s mission and promoted UNITY’s year-round youth programs including the Earth Ambassadors, 25 Under 25, the Wellness Warriors and upcoming conferences. Seymour also thanked NCAI President Brian Cladoosby for his leadership and support of Native youth over the last two years. Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe, ended his second term as NCAI President at the convention. Read More

Indigenous H.E.R.O Project: National UNITY Council Initiative | UPDATE: Resolution Now Available for Download

Outgoing Executive Committee challenged UNITY Youth Councils to create community projects focused on Bullying Awareness at the 2017 National Conference. The National UNITY Council adopted the HERO Initiative and Resolution at their Annual Business Meeting this summer in Denver, Colorado. Read More