Female UNITY Youth Leaders Participate in White House Forum, “Young Women Leading the Way”
Four female UNITY youth leaders recently participated in a White House forum “Young Women Leading the Way: Breaking Barriers for Girls and by Girls.” The event was hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls and The National Crittenton Foundation. The event provided participants an opportunity to discuss barriers faced by girls and young women around the country.
Those participating included National UNITY Council (NUC) Female Co-President Sarah Scott of the Lummi Nation, NUC Southeast Representative Halona Benjamin of the Lumbee Tribe, and representing the San Carlos Apache Youth Council Lauren Pina and Ashley Dillon. Also in attendance, UNITY Trustee Chairman Loretta Tuell and her daughter Gabrielle Guest, Nez Perce. The Casey Family Programs sponsored travel expenses.
“I’d just like to thank UNITY and Casey Family Programs for allowing me the amazing opportunity to be able to travel to the White House for the Young Women Leading the Way event last week! It was truly eye opening and I enjoyed being able to talk to girls and women about their dreams, what they’re involved in, what they face and what we can do to prevent girls and women from being mistreated due any factor. I’m so glad I’m able to walk away with so much,” said Benjamin.
“It was simply amazing to be surrounded by women leaders across the United States. Also knowing I was one of the few Native Americans who attended this conference was even better. The White House was truly an amazing experience. I had a great time and I know it will not be my last time in the White House,” said Pina.