Conference – UNITY, Inc.

It’s the announcement you have all been waiting for — news about UNITY’s Annual Mid-Year and National Conferences!

Keeping it fun and safe are UNITY’s top priorities. With that said, the 2021 UNITY Mid-Year Conference will be a virtual conference with limited hybrid (in-person) elements and has been rescheduled for Friday, April 23rd. The Mid-Year will be hosted in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. NMAI will host a Virtual Youth Summit on Earth Day, April 22nd. More details to be shared later.

The National UNITY Conference will be an in-person event on July 2-6 in Dallas, TX. There will be a virtual component for all who cannot attend in-person.

Registration for both conferences and hotel booking will open by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details coming soon on UNITY’s website!

We all look forward to connecting safely! It’s been a year of reinvention. Thank you for staying resilient! Look for the following hashtags on social media:

  • 2021 Midyear: #MYUNITY2021
  • 2021 Nationals: #UNITY2021 #NativeYouth2021

National UNITY Council’s Top Ten Issues facing Native Youth in 2020

Each year during the National Conference, the National UNITY Council (NUC) gathers to vote on the Top Ten Issues facing Native youth across the country. Youth Representatives from the 325+ Youth Councils who make up the national network to discuss their regional priorities. The collective impact on youth led national campaigns reaches far beyond that of the UNITY membership. With each youth council working together across the Nation, youth are empowered knowing they are not facing these issues alone. Read More

UNITY Virtual Workshop: Taking Action in 2020 – Civic Engagement in Indian Country

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission officers from around Indian Country will lead a how-to video featuring running for office, registering to vote, ways to engage Native voters under the age of 18, and how to fill-out the Census and talk to family about the Census. Read More

Take The Survey to WIN: Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Hall Questionnaire

One Lucky Participant from each HILI Town Hall timezone will win a free Apple Ipad for their feedback in the Questionnaire! Click below to earn 5 entries into the Raffle by answering questions about your community.

  • What helps you feel safe in your community?
  • What do you see as the challenges with public safety in your community and how are young people impacted?
  • How can young people contribute to creating a safe environment in your community?
  • What does resilience mean to you and what do you think helps youth overcome difficult or traumatic situations in their lives?

    CLICK HERE to take the Questionnaire

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Learning with Alumni: UNITY Lead Trainers’ workshops are now available

UNITY’s heard your feedback! Recent evaluations have requested more time with UNITY Lead Trainers. Thanks to our generous Virtual Conference sponsors, you can now access these additional trainings at no cost! Click below to hear from UNITY Lead Trainers:

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Klamath Tribes Youth Council wins national award

The Klamath Tribes Youth Council was recognized by the United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. organization (UNITY) as the 2020 UNITY Youth Council of the Year. With over 320 youth councils across the U.S., The Klamath Tribes Youth Council stood out for their community involvement and cultural teachings. Read More

Students in new MSU American Indigenous Business Leaders chapter win national UNITY business plan competition

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A team of three students representing the recently reestablished student chapter of American Indigenous Business Leaders, or AIBL, at Montana State University recently took first place in a business plan competition at UNITY’s national virtual conference in partnership with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
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UNITY’s First-Ever Virtual Conference Inspires Native Youth from Across the Country


The annual leadership event featured speakers including Congresswomen Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Sharice Davids (Kansas), recording artists Jewel, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, Radmilla Cody, filmmaker Kyle Bell and more.
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Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative (HILI) Native Youth Town Hall Series

*One Lucky Participant from Each Town Hall will WIN an Apple Ipad for their feedback! 

The UNITY Peer Guides are seeking Native youth to attend who have been impacted by crime, trauma or the juvenile justice systems to share how they have overcome their challenges.  Your participation in these Regional Native Youth Town Halls will help empower other youth who may be struggling.

Sign-up for the Town Hall in your time zone!

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On Demand! 2020 UNITY Virtual Conference

Did you miss any part of the UNITY Virtual Conference? If so, no worries! You can view all three general sessions here! Read More