Alumni – UNITY, Inc.

Congratulations to UNITY Alumni Emcee One: International DJ of the Year

Marcus Anthony Guinn Emcee One, who has long played a key role in creating the UNITY experience, is gaining international accolades for his gifts and talents. “All I can say is wow! Thank you everyone who voted. I am honored to be named 2021 International Indigenous hiphop DJ of the Year!!” said Guinn. UNITY Thanks Emcee One for creating an atmosphere of hope and empowerment wherever he goes. Read More

Speaker line up announced for National UNITY Conference

An Actor, Clothing designer, Singer and Tik Tok star, and a Fashion designer have been confirmed as part of the speaker line up at the 2021 National UNITY Conference in Dallas, Texas to be held July 2 – 6, at the downtown Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center. The conference theme will be ‘45 Years of Building Resilient Leaders and Lifelong Connections.’  The event will feature:
  • Chance Rush, Hidatsa, actor in Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and motivational speaker, trainer, comedian
  • Tia Wood, Cree/Salish, Vogue featured Dancer/Singer and Tik Tok Star
  • Hud Oberly, Comanche/Osage/Caddo,Creative Director for Urban Native Era
  • Norma Baker Flying Horse, Hidatsa/Dakota Sioux/Assiniboine, Red Berry Woman Fashion Designer

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2021 Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year Award Apply now

2020 Awardee Mel Perves

Do you know a UNITY alumnus who should be recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the Native American community? UNITY is accepting nominations for its prestigious Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year award. Application deadline is on June 18, 2021.

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Nominate Your Advisor for the 2021 JR Cook Advisor of the Year Award

Your Advisor does so much for your community. Will you nominate them for the Advisor of the Year award? Effective and successful youth councils consistently have one key ingredient in common; an advisor who is involved, provides wise counsel and guidance, and is willing to work closely with youth council members as they make and carry out their decisions and related activities.
Nominations are due on June 18, 2021.

Submit Your Nomination Here
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Indian Country Today “UNITY Is Magical”

Executive Director Mary Kim Titla was featured during a recent Indian Country Today’s broadcast to discuss UNITY’s 45 years of service to Native youth. Mary Kim spoke about UNITY milestones, alumni and how Native youth are actively engaged in addressing tribal issues including COVID-19. Click Here to Watch the Newscast Read More

Happy birthday to an organization that’s inspired hope and changed lives for 45 years!

Celebrate with us by watching live premieres of two videos on UNITY’s Instagram page. First, today at 1 PM PT (4 PM ET), an exclusive interview with UNITY‘s Founder J. R. Cook. Second, at 6 PM PT (9 PM ET) UNITY‘s alumni will share their cherished memories. Please join us as we celebrate this amazing milestone.

Give $45 in Celebration of 45 years

Invest in Native Youth by donating $45 in celebration of 45 years of UNITY youth leadership development. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, during the pandemic UNITY continued to provide support to Native youth with complimentary registrations, waiving Membership dues, free virtual trainings and fun youth to youth connections. On Arizona Gives Day this April, we ask you to help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 by giving just $45 to continue our legacy for years to come. All funds raised will go directly to youth programs to directly benefit Native youth.

All we need is 223 people to commit to give $45.
Will you give today? Thank you in advance.

 Free April 9th training! How to nail your virtual presentation!


Virtual connections are now the norm. Have you hosted one but want to hone your skills? Or you’d like to but have reservations? Now’s your chance to learn tips on how to successfully host a virtual discussion, meeting, or fun connection.UNITY Trainers Robert Johnston and Lovina Louie are teaming up to help you with the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up. The best part? It’s free!

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Meet UNITY’s first elected youth leader Wil Brown

UNITY was founded in 1976. This year, on April 16, the organization will celebrate its 45th anniversary. This is one of a series of articles featuring various alumni to commemorate UNITY’s milestone year. In 1977, at the first UNITY conference, students decided to elect officers. Wil Brown was elected to serve as UNITY’s first president.

Meet Rhea Rhymes, former UNITY employee

As part of Black Heritage Month, UNITY is happy to feature Rhea Rhymes who worked for UNITY part-time over the past three years as a Project Assistant. UNITY is grateful to Rhea who helped raise thousands of dollars for the organization through her efforts with mailers and during the conferences by selling raffle tickets. Read More