Meet UNITY Alumni, Sheldon Smith, Navajo from Albuquerque New Mexico. He served as male member at large on the National UNITY Executive Committee. In the early 2000’s, Sheldon shared that his family witnessed good things from National UNITY conference, so every summer, they family made a commitment to attend the national conferences.
UNITY is pleased to announce that early bird registration is now open for both the 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference and the 2020 National UNITY Conference! Discounted (“early bird”) rates are available through October 20, 2019, up to $200 off the onsite rates!
2020 UNITY Midyear Conference
FRIDAY, February 14 – MONDAY, 17, 2020
CLICK HERE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe
2020 National UNITY Conference
FRIDAY, July 3 – TUESDAY, July 7, 2020
CLICK HERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Or call for more info: 877-212-5752
Native American youth from urban and rural communities across the nation gathered in July for the annual National UNITY Conference, held at the Gaylord Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. The 5-day conference, hosted by United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), provided participants with culturally relevant leadership and skill-building training through workshops and keynote presentations. For 43 years, UNITY has offered essential support to Native American and Alaska Native youth, ages 14-24, through various programming opportunities, instilling a foundation for youth leaders and advocates to activate and build upon being positive change agents in their communities.
UNITY, Inc. has named two individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead the national Healing Indigenous Lives 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 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.
Partnerships are important to UNITY so when an opportunity became available for a presentation at the annual Native American Fish and Wildlife conference, UNITY jumped at the chance. The conference, sponsored by the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) held last month at the Gila River Wild horse Pass Casino Hotel, drew about 200 attendees from around the country.
The UNITY NEWS ANCHOR CONTEST provides UNITY Members with the opportunity to be of one of two news anchors for UNITY News segments that will be shown during the 2019 National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Congratulations to a new class of UNITY youth leaders! Twelve young people have been named to UNITY’s OJJDP Peer Guide program, which builds on the successes of the past Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. The three-year initiative will support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to community support systems, cultural approaches to restorative justice, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country. UNITY looks forward to working with this diverse group of youth leaders and mentors, who will design and facilitate intensive trainings aimed to reach at risk Native youth throughout the country.