Youth Council News – Page 6 – UNITY, Inc.

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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Serving in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer by Sapphire Carter

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
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UNITY in Alaska Part #2: The Journey By Jared Ivins-Massey

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.
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Cherokees celebrate National Holiday

“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.”
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Yavapai Apache Nation re-organizes youth council

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

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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