Training – UNITY, Inc.

Earth Ambassadors Florida Environmental Excursion

Kayaking and cleaning a river wasn’t on the agenda during the 2019 National UNITY Conference but that’s exactly what the UNITY Earth Ambassadors (EA) did while in Orlando, Florida. The group snuck away on Saturday, July 6 to join members of the Central Florida Recon at the Econlockhatchee River for a cleaning expedition using kayaks, buckets and trash grabbers.  This was coordinated by Frank Weaver, Environmental Protector and Filmmaker. The group recovered 54 pounds of trash, 6 tires, mattress springs and 5 fish hooks. The Central Florida Recon team were given gifts from the EAs in appreciation.

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UNITY Advisory Cohort empowers Native youth voice

Get to know the newest UNITY Peer Guide Cohort and learn more about their passion for advocating for “non-traditional” Native youth leadership. UNITY has recruited this diverse group of youth mentors, to design and facilitate six regional trainings across the nation. These trainings will empower Native youth to speak out about critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts within their home communities.

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UNITY partners with ASU Cronkite and ABC 15 for UNITY News!

The 2019 National UNITY Conference kicked off with a one-of-a-kind communications training featuring some of the best multi-media instructors in Arizona. The bootcamp was made possible through a partnership with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The camp also featured Colton Shone, the morning anchor for KOB Eyewitness News Today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to working at KOB, Colton was a reporter in Phoenix in both television at CBS 5 News and radio at KTAR-FM.

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UNITY names leadership team to support National Leadership Initiative

UNITY, Inc. has named two individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead a national leadership initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  The cooperative agreement provides funding to engage Native American youth and youth serving programs in a national initiative that builds on the successes of the past OJJDP National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. Over the next two years, the initiative will hold six regional trainings to gather Native youth feedback on how best to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to cultural prevention, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.

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UNITY Wellness Warriors at NIEA’s Journey to Discovery and Wellness Camp

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to be a part of NIEA’s “Journey to Discover and Wellness” summer camp at Riverside Indian School in Oklahoma. This comprehensive summer bridge program supports middle school aged Native young people in creating awareness of opportunities to choose healthy, holistic lifestyles in their educational journeys.

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Making Dreams Happen: UNITY Sponsor Appreciation

A Big THANK YOU to all of the 2019 National UNITY Conference Sponsors who are positively impacting Native Youth with their contributions!

UNITY News Co-Anchors selected

Madeline Lamb, Mohave/Muscogee Creek, and Jay Massey-Heyl, White Mountain Apache, have been selected to serve as co-anchors for the UNITY News segments set to be shown during the 2019 National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida. Lamb and Massey-Heyl taped the first segment of UNITY News last week at the ABC 15 news studio in Phoenix, Arizona. A total of five segments will be shown at the national conference featuring stories produced by news crews made up of Native youth taking part in the pre-conference UNITY Communications Bootcamp. The training is sponsored by Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.

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Quick links: IMPORTANT UNITY DEADLINES

June 28, 2019 the following are DUE to the UNITY Office:

  • Youth Council and Individual Member End of the Year Reports Note: One Youth Council will be selected for the UNITY Youth Council of the Year Award based on these reports
    To Be Considered in “Good Standing” with Voting Rights, this report Must be filled out by June 28th
  • Pay Membership Dues Here: Membership Renewal
    • Note: Only those who pay before this date will be able to vote and participate in the Business Meeting during the National Conference.  On-site Membership Payments will only allow members to vote during the 2020 MidYear Conference.

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Sign up now for the UNITY Communications Camp! Learn how to become a multi-media digital storyteller!

Thanks to its partnership with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNITY is excited to announce the UNITY News Communications Camp to be held prior to 2019 National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center.

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Dozens of youth councils watch UNITY’s first Wellness Warrior Virtual conference

With months of planning and in partnership with Arizona State University, UNITY successfully hosted its first ever virtual conference earlier this month. Through UNITY’s Wellness Warrior Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, UNITY spearheaded the free event with as many as 20 watch parties participating. In all, it’s estimated a few hundred viewers logged on from around Indian Country to participate in the live general sessions and online breakouts. Many of the watch parties were hosted by youth councils.

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