UNITY Midyear Conference – UNITY, Inc.

NUC EC Passes a Resolution to Reaffirm I Will Live Campaign for 2021

In efforts to bring further attention to suicide prevention in the midst of the global Pandemic, the National UNITY Council reaffirmed the “I Will Live” Initiative during the 2021 Business Meeting.  The NUC encourages all UNITY affiliated Youth Councils to share updated resources with their communities. The EC aims to inspire collective action, to bring about Native wellness and empower others to actively pursue a balanced lifestyle.
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National UNITY Council Executive Committee Announcement

Calling all Native youth leaders in the Midwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southwest and Western Regions! Applications are open for vacant positions on the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee (NUC EC):  Read More

UNITY Midyear Virtual Speed Workshops

College and Career Readiness are coming straight to you this Midyear. UNITY Partners offer short presentations to Native youth participants available on demand on the UNITY website. Topics may include career, culture, education, environment etc. Click the links below to watch and share these workshops with your network.

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Live Youth to Youth Connections

During this year’s Midyear Conference participants will have an opportunity to join live discussions on the top 10 issues facing UNITY youth. These interactive sessions will be available after the general session on Friday and Saturday. UNITY leaders will brainstorm ways their peers can create community change to address these challenges. Read More

UNITY’s Annual Midyear Leadership Conference Returns Virtually for 2021

Registration is free for the online conference, which will feature guest speakers Kylee Russell and Hud Oberly

UNITY will hold its annual midyear conference virtually on April 23-24, 2021. Building on the success of its first-ever virtual national conference, the online event will engage Native youth from across the country through workshops, breakout sessions, music, and cultural sharing.

Participants will hear from guest speakers Kylee Russell (Lenape), an accomplished young actress who stars on several Disney projects and is also a singer, songwriter, and dancer, and Hud Oberly(Osage/Caddo/Comanche), creative director for Urban Native Era. Registration for the conference is free and includes complimentary registration for two additional UNITY webinars on March 27 and April 9 and a virtual youth event with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on April 22 where UNITY’s 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors will be announced. Read More

 Free April 9th training! How to nail your virtual presentation!


Virtual connections are now the norm. Have you hosted one but want to hone your skills? Or you’d like to but have reservations? Now’s your chance to learn tips on how to successfully host a virtual discussion, meeting, or fun connection.UNITY Trainers Robert Johnston and Lovina Louie are teaming up to help you with the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up. The best part? It’s free!

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Announcement about the new class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors happens on Earth Day

Youth in Action: Sustainable Agriculture
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:01 AM ET
Available on demand until Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 11:59 PM ET 

In celebration of Earth Day, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), UNITY will announce its 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors during the NMAI Youth in Action Live broadcast.  UNITY Earth Ambassador and 25 Under 25 Awardee Marco Ovando (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes), Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and Jack Pashano (Hopi) will also discuss the role traditional ecological knowledge plays in their work as farmers and entrepreneurs.
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UNITY Regional Midyear Meet-Ups for Native Youth

Join the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and Peer Guides as they host Regional UNITY Meet Ups. During the virtual meet-ups, youth councils are invited to gather to grow relationships and work towards goals. These Regional Meet-Ups are a fun networking opportunity and a brainstorming session for how to address community challenges.

Not only will this be an opportunity for your leaders to connect with Native youth in your region, but UNITY would also like your tribe’s feedback in the National Youth Experience Survey (NAYES) launching this month! With your youths’ help, UNITY youth will determine the key regional needs for 2021 and develop strategies to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities.

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Complimentary Registration! UNITY Midyear, Healing Indigenous Lives, NMAI

Registration is now open for UNITY’s Virtual Midyear Conference. Best of all, it’s complimentary! No registration fee this year. And in addition, you can register for additional exciting webinars and trainings!

2021 UNITY Virtual Midyear Conference
Friday, April 23 @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM (PST) – Day  1
Saturday, April 24 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST) – Day 2

Register now, it’s complimentary, click here.

Download the Midyear Agenda, click here.

Interested in submitting a Virtual Speed Workshop? What is a Speed Workshop? To learn more and to submit your workshop for consideration, click here.

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Navajo middle school youth council captures hearts

 A new youth council from the Navajo nation captured the hearts of attendees at the UNITY Midyear Conference. A big reason may have to do with their ages. The District 17 Youth Council members are made of youth ages 10 to 12 years old. The youth council, from the communities surrounding Gallup, New Mexico, became an affiliate just one week prior to the midyear conference. Most affiliated UNITY youth councils are made up of high school and college age youth. The conference attracted a record 450 participants from around the country.

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