Dozens of youth councils watch UNITY’s first Wellness Warrior Virtual conference
With months of planning and in partnership with Arizona State University, UNITY successfully hosted its first ever virtual conference earlier this month. Through UNITY’s Wellness Warrior Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, UNITY spearheaded the free event with as many as 20 watch parties participating. In all, it’s estimated a few hundred viewers logged on from around Indian Country to participate in the live general sessions and online breakouts. Many of the watch parties were hosted by youth councils.
If you missed it, don’t worry, the virtual conference is available for viewing at the following link:
Presenters addressed topics related to the virtual conference theme “Indigenous Approaches to Health and Wellness” including living a healthy lifestyle from an indigenous perspective. The event kicked off with a welcoming address by Jacob Moore, who serves as an Assistant Vice President at Arizona State University followed by keynote speaker, Dr. Pearl Yellowman, who elaborated on the importance of healthy communication, self-talk, and relationships with your environment.
While panelists, James Riding-In and Joylana Begay-Kroupa, who discussed academic approaches to decolonization. The Virtual conference also included break session presentations, via YouTube Live, from WeRNative, NB3 Foundation, Well For Culture, Leslie Locklear, and sisters Nicole and Taneesha Watson. The second half of the virtual conference focused on youth issues inclusive of a collegiate student panel and a joint presentation from the Young Rivers People’s Youth Council and the Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council.
“The first ever Wellness Warrior virtual youth conference was something special. I thought it was super unique, because bringing UNITY training to the youth near and far was always something that was in high demand. It was a good experience for myself as a co-host, and I hope that all the youth in attendance and those that were streaming live enjoyed it as well. I’m looking forward to more content like this being presented more and more,” said Joseph Davis, Akimel O’odham, National UNITY Council Co-President.
Be sure to take part in the UNITY WELLNESS CHALLENGE video contest for a chance to win free prizes and registrations to the 2019 National UNITY Conference. This Contest was launched on April 5th at during UNITY’s Virtual Conference. See the Video Below for more details: