“I’m resourceful. As a Peace Corps Secondary Education volunteer, I’ve learned to work in situations with little to no available resources, in extreme physical and mental conditions. Even without books, electricity or similarly modern conveniences, I am still able to give my students a quality education.” -Sapphire Carter, 24, Chippewa Cree, UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee
This is Part Two of Jared Ivins-Massey’s recent trip to Fairbanks, Alaska where he and 19 Alaska Native youth participated in The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Tribal Management Program – Tribal Youth Advocacy Institute. The program was developed in response to the needs of Alaska Native Tribal Governments and is part of a comprehensive plan to spread academic education throughout the state and in every indigenous rural community.
“This event was a homecoming and a celebration” UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Faith Long reflected. “The 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, in Tahlequah Oklahoma, emphasized artists and the resilience of Cherokee people. It was an honor to be apart of such an amazing tradition and represent the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians as their current Miss Cherokee title holder.”
The Yavapai Apache Nation (YAN), located in central Arizona, is looking forward to getting its youth council up and running. Leona Wathagoma, who has been involved with the tribal youth council for many years, is taking the lead once again to serve as its lead advisor. Wathagoma and other adults met recently with UNITY staff members to discuss reorganization and collaboration efforts. Read More
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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
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).
The UNITY YOUth Can! Action Planning Curriculum involves a 10 step action planning process aimed at teaching youth and advisors how to desigh, plan, and implement a service project.
You may view and download the curriculum HERE.