UNITY Leaders Attend Wind River Youth Celebration
UNITY 25 Under 25 awardee Jazmine Wildcat, 14, Northern Arapaho, Wyoming reflects on her experience at the annual youth celebration on August 2nd at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. For over ten years, the Northern Arapaho Tribe has given thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to students who attend their free carnival. All Fremont County K-12 are invited to attend where other activities included a free barbecue, inflatable bounce houses and special guests Chance Rush and Emcee One.
Jazmine Wildcat stated “Attending the Wind River Youth Celebration was pretty a great experience. The Northern Arapaho Tribe has held this event annually in celebration of our youth and to also prep them for the upcoming school year by distributing school supplies. When attending events such as these happen, it’s makes me proud to be a part of a Tribe that places such value on our future leaders and provides them with tools to succeed while having a little food & fun, partaking in lots of bouncy houses, hearing some motivational words from Chance Rush and jamming to some awesome music, courtesy of Emcee One!”
UNITY Alumni and Lead UNITY Trainers Emcee One and Chance Rush combine to help reach native youth nationwide through ONE CHANCE LEADERSHIP. “For the past 13 years I have been blessed to conduct trainings throughout North America to promote and be an advocate for healthy living” says Chance, “My areas of interest and commitment are in the strength of family, community, education and culture.” His teammate, MTV Award winning recording artist Marcus Anthony Guinn (emcee one) shares “I use to think hip-hop was my passion. I later found that my true passion is causing what I like to call “eyebrow crunches”. Eye brow crunches are when that kid in the back of the hall, puts his eye brows together and you can literally see the light bulb flickering on inside. “I’ve never thought about it like that before”, he says. I am absolutely addicted to being apart of that process. I work less on telling them what to think, but more instead, “how” they think. The goal is for the youth to walk out with the necessary data to begin a life change and to make better choices. I use my hip hop experience to relate.”