Annual UNITY Midyear Conference to take place February 11-15, 2015
Mesa, AZ—Nearly 200 Native American youth and advisors from across the country, representing tribal communities and youth councils, will gather for a week-long youth leadership conference in Washington DC. The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY, Inc.) will host its annual midyear conference, with programming focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.
The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from February 11 – 15, 2015. Agenda highlights include a visit to Capitol Hill where youth councils will visit with representatives from congress, youth forums and exclusive dialogue with invited guests from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and youth council presentations and sharing of community service projects.
Free training offered for up to 100 Native youth!
Mesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in April in Rapid City, South Dakota. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Hilton Garden Inn from April 10-12, 2015. There is no registration fee.
This TNL training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:
The following story was provided by Cielo Garcia, Lakota Sicangu (Rosebud Sioux) of Riverside, California.
Owens Valley Career Development Center (OVCDC) brought UNITY’s Today’s Native Leaders (TNL) out to Bakersfield, CA January 9-11, 2015 to work with various youth from Tribal T.A.N.F. programs in central California. At this training, there were youth ranging from ages 12-19. These youth got the opportunity to make their voices heard and discuss challenges within their own communities. T.N.L. taught a curriculum that showed these young people how to plan and create a community project.
Trainer Jeri Brunoe, and TNL employees, Lynnann Yazzie and Wendy Weston conducted the training, as well as me, Cielo Garcia, the 2013-2014 Pacific Region Representative of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. I helped lead the youth leadership portion and aided in overseeing the youth creating their projects, giving feedback through my own personal experiences.
A cultural event is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm during the UNITY Midyear Conference. The activities will take place in Regency Rooms E & F at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature Southern and Eastern Tribes.
A flyer with the relevant information is attached.
The UNITY Midyear agenda has designated Thursday morning for Capitol Hill visits. Schedule your meetings for Thursday morning, February 12th. Make the most of this opportunity for your Youth Council to sit down face-to-face with decision-makers to convey your thoughts on issues.
The attached document entitled, “Plan Your Congressional Visits,” is provided to give guidance as you schedule and meet with members of your congressional delegation.
On November 18, 2014, UNITY conducted a live online webinar entitled “Youth Action Planning: How to Develop an Effective Action Plan.” You may view the webinar transcript, view a PowerPoint presentation and/or listen to the webinar audio by visiting THIS PAGE on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Online University website.
Presenters discuss the stages of successful action planning, the process to help youth groups bring focus to their ideas, and the steps necessary to achieve youth group goals and objectives. This is the second webinar in the “How to Build and Effective Youth Council” series.
Book Your Room NOW For UNITY Midyear Conference
UNITY’s Midyear Conference host hotel is now taking reservations and offering a special UNITY rate (while rooms last – filling up fast!), starting at $139.00 per night plus tax.