UNITY Peer Guide Program – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY Peer Guide Program

Tribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative

The project builds on the successes of the past Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. The initiative will support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to public safety issues, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country. UNITY will be recruiting a diverse group of youth leaders and mentors, who will design and facilitate intensive training in critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts for cohorts of youth throughout the country.

• Young people will receive training to serve as peer leaders who will provide training, mentoring, support, resources, information, and other assistance for their peers in efforts to increase public safety and creatively prevent and address juvenile delinquency.
• UNITY, with its trainers, youth guides, and mentors will offer regional youth leadership development trainings that will enable Native youth, and their adult advisors, to develop and carry out projects, programs, education, awareness campaigns, and other efforts within their communities.
• The projects will benefit communities while providing valuable real-world leadership experiences that will better prepare the youth to succeed in their leadership roles.

Products: The project may be inclusive of webinars. Communities may request personalized trainings to be held in their host communities.

Audience: Tribal Community, Youth.

Contact Information:
LorenAshley Buford, Yamassee Seminole of Florida
Program Manager
[email protected]

See the PEER-GUIDE-PROGRAM-and-APPLICATION-INFORMATION for details and upcoming 

Applications Open: March 20, 2019
A Complete Application Packet includes a completed online Nomination form and a Personal statement form submitted before the deadline.
Application Deadline: April 17, 2019
12 Selected Peer Guides will be Announced on May 1, 2019.

● Agree to participate in all Peer Guide training sessions, teleconferences, webinars; and provide Peer Guide reports.
● Age 18 to 24 when applying.
● Provide proof of tribal enrollment upon request, from a state or federally recognized tribe.

Applicants must complete and submit the application form prior to the noted deadline.
Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/ooC6KGTlexYQ2Hcl2

Applicants need to find a nominator. A nominator can be a family member; such as parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle or guardian or
a mentor, teacher, coach, supervisor, counselor or friend.
Nomination form: https://goo.gl/forms/gNaVPuxdGPXT2HZc2

Please note that only online submissions will be accepted for consideration.

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For More Information join UNITY’s Newsletter, Contact Program Manager LorenAshley Buford at [email protected], or Call UNITY National Headquarters: 480-718-9793

This Initiative is supported by a cooperative agreement (2018-TY-FX-K002) between UNITY, Inc. and the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.