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Registration Now Open! 2021 National UNITY Conference!

Registration and hotel reservations are now open for UNITY’s 2021 National Conference happening July 2-6, 2021, in Dallas, Texas!

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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) – General Session I
Saturday, April 24 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST) – General Session II

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Applications Now Open for the 2021 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Program

Mesa, Az – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2021 cohort of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program, established in the 1990s, engages Native American and Alaska Native youth in training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as ambassadors to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities representatives and lawmakers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is March 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. MST. Read More

UNITY Regional Midyear Meet-Ups for Native Youth

Join the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and UNITY Peer Guides virtually as they host Regional UNITY Meet Ups. At these meet-ups, youth councils are invited to gather to grow relationships and work towards goals. These Regional Meet Ups will serve as a networking opportunity as well as a brainstorming session for how to address community challenges and needs. (And have fun!)

Not only will this be a valuable networking opportunity for your Youth leaders to connect with the surrounding tribes, but we would also like your tribe’s feedback in the National Youth Experience Survey (NAYES), which is launching this month. With your youths’ help, UNITY youth will determine the key regional needs for 2021.

Please SELECT a REGION based on what state you live in below and join us. Read More

Meet UNITY’s first elected youth leader Wil Brown

UNITY was founded in 1976. This year, on April 16, the organization will celebrate its 45th anniversary. This is one of a series of articles featuring various alumni to commemorate UNITY’s milestone year. In 1977, at the first UNITY conference, students decided to elect officers. Wil Brown was elected to serve as UNITY’s first president.
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Kyle Bell Workshop: 2020 UNITY Virtual Conference

Watch and Learn in this free recorded workshop featuring Creek filmmaker Kyle Bell. Bell is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker whose films have been screened at festivals around the world. He was selected for the 2019 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, and most recently won the 2020-21 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, to be mentored by cinema legend Spike Lee. Share with other Native youth in your network to help Inspire Hope in future filmmakers for Indian Country. Read More

 Let’s Talk About Healing Our Communities: LIVE Discussions

The UNITY Peer Guides will host a live discussion on what it means to “be a Good Relative” and how we can identify our community needs. Native youth, young leaders and youth advocates will discuss how to increase community safety through a holistic approach and announcements for upcoming Spring trainings.

Join the UNITY Peer Guides on Friday, February 26th:
Instagram LIVE on the the Peer Guide Instagram at 2:30pm PST//4:30pm EST
Facebook LIVE on Monday, March 1st 
on UNITY’s Facebook Page at 5:30pm PST//8:30pm EST

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Meet Rhea Rhymes, former UNITY employee

As part of Black Heritage Month, UNITY is happy to feature Rhea Rhymes who worked for UNITY part-time over the past three years as a Project Assistant. UNITY is grateful to Rhea who helped raise thousands of dollars for the organization through her efforts with mailers and during the conferences by selling raffle tickets. Read More

RISE Pre-Medical Enrichment Program

The RISE Collaborative is a partnership across three medical schools (Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, University of California- Davis School of Medicine, and Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine) who came together to support the success of a new generation of Indigenous physicians. Each year we hold the Summer RISE Academy, a six-week program designed to help American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students to become more competitive in applying to medical school. Read More