Happy Holiday Happenings by Native Youth Leaders

Dear Native Youth, We made it through 2020 together. Here are a few Holiday Activities Youth Leaders are up to. They are making a difference in their communities, homes and personal lives.

What are you up to? We would love to hear about your activities. Individuals or Youth Councils, please share a sentence or two about an activity, accomplishment or experience. Your story can range from social, environmental, cultural or community service outreach or a family event, recipe or activity. When you share, You Inspire others. Small or large, every positive action you make, strengthens you, your family and community. Please complete this simple form. CLICK HERE!  Let’s finish strong together! 

Robert “Scottie” Miller, Male Co-President, National UNITY Council Executive Committee: “For the holidays I donated food to my community’s blessing box, which is a box for anyone in our community who needs food can stop by and grab it.”

Colby Whitethunder – Southern Plains Representative, National UNITY Council Executive Committee: “In December I returned home from college and donated coffee and baked goods to our tribal police department.”

Kaiden McGhee – Southeastern Representative, National UNITY Council Executive Committee: “We found a way to do our New Year’s ( Annual Thanksgiving) powwow online and had a pretty good turnout.”

Cheyenne Kippenberger, Miss Indian World, UNITY Peer Guide, Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative: I organized and hosted a virtual Christmas cake decorating contest nationwide! Check out our facebook page and vote for your favorite to see who the next Great NDN Baker will be.”

Dr. Leslie Locklear – UNITY Peer Guide Trainer, Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative: “North Carolina Native American Youth Organization  donated over 200 toys to the Southeastern Family Violence Center.”

Brook Thompson – UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee:  “I made dinner mats in my language so that me and my partner can learn to only speak Yurok (my language) during meals.”

Vance Home Gun – UNITY Peer Guide, Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative, “This year for the 2020 Christmas season, my  family and I are going to celebrate with our church family the birth of our Lord Jesus and do the whole gift thing with a Christmas Breakfast.”                         

Email questions or comments to LorenAshley, Program Manager: la.buford@unityinc.org