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Human Trafficking Resources & toolkit for Youth Service Providers

With OJJDP support, the Youth Collaboratory developed a toolkit for youth service providers to build their understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of child. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with OJJDP support, has developed the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking to help judicial officers better understand the dynamics of domestic child sex trafficking, the applicable laws and legal considerations involving trafficking victims, how to identify trafficked and at-risk children, and how to connect these youth to appropriate services. Visit The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)  for more information on how  they support local, state, and tribal efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. Read More

Tips and Tools for Answering Sensitive Questions

You just never know when a student will ask a tough sex ed question – Is it okay to have sex with my boyfriend if I love him? Get prepared to answer tricky questions by reading our Tips and Tools for Answering Sensitive Questions for advisors, parents and even peers!

UNITY youth develop new training with Peer Guides

The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative (HILI) kicked off 2020 planning with a listening session in the Salt River community in Arizona on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 in partnership with the Young River Peoples Youth Council. The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative, a partnership between UNITY and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), seeks to increase engagement with youth who have experienced trauma and bring awareness to public safety issues in Indian country. The listening session brought together over 70 Native youth from various Arizona communities with the goal of providing feedback on the proposed Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative curriculum. Read More

Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Men as Peacemakers, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute; we would like to extend an invitation to attend the Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska Conference, at El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort; located in Tucson, Arizona, January 28-30, 2020.

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National Indian Child Welfare Association Register Early for 2020 Conference to Receive Earlybird Rates

The 38th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference is fast approaching. Less than three months remain until the start of conference. Join NICWA in Denver, Colorado, from March 29–April 1 for this Alaska Native child advocacy training opportunity. The early bird deadline is February 28. Be sure to register and pay early to receive the discounts. Read More

Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Apply by January 31st!

See pictured above UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardees and Udall Scholars Ashley Fixico and Nancy Deere Turney

This program for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors/seniors), graduate, and law students offers a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, D.C. Our fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., offers distinctive opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are interested in learning more about the Federal legislative process while gaining an insider’s view of the government’s unique trust relationship with Tribes.

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Wowokiya-Lower Sioux Tribal Youth Program

Tribal Youth Resource Center Podcast
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In this episode TYRC highlights the Lower Sioux Indian Community (Cansa’yapi – Where they mark the trees red) Tribal Youth Program from the Minnesota River Valley area in Minnesota and their use of mentorship and coming of age ceremonies to promote health and wellness in Mdewakanton Dakota youth.
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2020 Native Scholarship Forum

#NativeScholarshipForum  “On Friday, February 21st at noon (MST), the 3 largest Native scholarship providers will come together for one event to share opportunities with Native students, parents and institutions to strengthen us all!

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Calling all NUC Reps to register for this year’s Peer Leaders Training

Once a year UNITY dedicates time for leadership development trainings of the National UNITY Council representatives. We invite one young man and one young woman to serve as your Youth Council representatives. Take advantage of this free training opportunity for your youth leaders to have hands on training with UNITY Leaders before the upcoming Midyear Conference. The Peer Leaders Training will take place on Friday, February 14 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe, Arizona.

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Your Voice is Vital: Sign up for the NIHB Pre-Conference Listening Session

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is partnering with the Indian Health Service and UNITY to host a 90-minute listening session on HIV. The session is designed for Native youth 18 years or older to voice their thoughts, opinions, stories, insights and perspectives on how HIV is being addressed or could be better addressed in their communities. All input is confidential, and the ideas will be summarized in a report to the Indian Health Service. This is a chance to voice your opinion about how to end this epidemic in Indian Country. Snacks will be provided. Participation is completely voluntary. Come and share in a safe and non-judgmental setting.  Your voice is vital to the movement to end this epidemic.

This is a free additional training opportunity open to any indigenous youth 14 to 24 years old to occur before UNITY’s 2020 Midyear Conference.