Join the National UNITY Council for free Today!
You may join as a youth council or individual member!
For more information on forming a New Youth Council:
Download a step-by-step guide to establish a UNITY Youth Council
Become part of UNITY’s National Network to promote personal growth, citizenship, and leadership among Native Youth!
UNITY Annual Membership is effective from July 1-June 30 of each year.
The National UNITY Council (NUC) Executive Committee first suggested the idea of waiving affiliation fees as a way to be more inclusive and assist those who have been impacted by the pandemic. UNITY acted on the recommendation and is excited to waive this year’s affiliation fees for youth councils and individuals in hopes to reach even more Native youth through the upcoming virtual events. Those who have already paid their membership dues will automatically be in “Good Standing” through July 1, 2022.
Youth Councils and Individual Members may join the UNITY Network for free when completing an Annual Report before July 1, 2020.
UNITY Membership is available for Youth Councils and Individual Native youth to join the National UNITY Council:
In order for your Annual Membership to be in “Good Standing” established Youth Councils & Individual members must complete their Annual Report before June 15, 2020 to be able to vote and participate fully in the Virtual Business Meeting during the 2020 National UNITY Conference.
Individuals who wish to run for a position on the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee must also have completed their Annual Report before June 15, 2020 to be in “Good Standing”
To Apply as a NEW Youth Council or Individual Member:
- New Youth Councils will be asked to submit Constitution, By-Laws and Resolution Letter for a sponsor. Templates of these needed documents can be found in the step-by-step guide.
- Individual membership requirements:
- American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian
- 14-24 years of age
Youth Council membership requirements
- Group of American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian
- 14-24 years of age
- Sponsoring Agent (Tribe or Organization).
- Constitution and By-Laws
If you have questions, please contact the UNITY Headquarters at 480-718-9793 or email Joshua Tso at [email protected]
Native American youth can make a difference, but first they must be organized and prepared for action. An effective way to accomplish this is through a youth council.
A youth council represents a practical way of enabling youth to have a meaningful role in helping solve community problems. Types of youth councils include:
- Tribal Youth Councils
- Alaska Native Village Youth Councils
- Urban Youth Councils
- High School Indian Clubs
- College or University Native American Associations
- A Church-sponsored Youth Group
- An Independent Youth Group
Keep in mind that youth councils are just as diverse as Native America itself. Each youth council maintains its own identity and is built upon the needs and values of that particular community.
By being involved with a youth council, young Native Americans can use their combined talents and energy to address major concerns facing them today. Youth design and promote their own programs to fit their needs.
Young people who are involved with youth councils learn to accept responsibility. They grow through achievement and in the knowledge that they are making a real contribution to their community and to Native America.
Find out more about the Benefits of Joining a Youth Council, What a Youth Council Does, and Steps for Organizing a Youth Council. Download the “How to Start a Youth Council” packet by clicking HERE.