Nevada Native youth voices are heard at education summit
Native American youth representing tribes in Nevada and around the country shared their ideas about equity in education and how UNITY impacted their lives as part of a youth panel at the 12th Annual American Indian Alaska Native Education Summit Health recently in Reno, Nevada. About nine students, mostly representing the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Fort Mc Dermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe and Yerington Paiute Tribes, spoke to the theme “Equity, A voice for all students.” The student panelists were also challenged to speak about the importance of a UNITY youth council and how UNITY impacted their lives.
“UNITY helped to build up my courage to speak in front of people. I would have never considered being part of a panel like this but because of UNITY, I’m able to do this. UNITY gives you a voice for those who felt like they don’t have one,” said Hope Dressler, of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony Youth Council.
About 250 educators, community members, tribal leaders, and students attended the two day conference at Truckee Meadows Community College to network and exchange ideas about educational success. UNITY trainer Chance Rush, Hidatsa/Arapaho, served as the master of ceremonies and UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, served as the moderator for the youth panel.