Frank Weaver is a mentor to the UNITY Earth Ambassadors. He is an Environmental Activist and Filmmaker. Frank grew up in Paraguay and now lives in Orlando Florida. He won “Planet Inspired” a National Geographic award for inspiring people, and is the founder of the Solar Map Project. His passion is to preserve and restore the environment. Learn more about this mentors efforts and how you can get involved today!
UNITY Earth Ambassador Hope Long, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, shares her community involvement:
October was busy for Hope Long. She is an active member of the of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Youth Council (CYC) and serves as Chairman the Junaluska Leadership Council (JLC). These youth council programs are sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to develop leadership for younger members. CYC focuses on community service projects and culture and JLC provides members provides exposure and experience of tribal government.
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.
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
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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.