25 Under 25 – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee featured in Youth Wellness Summit

The Youth Wellness Summit is hosted by the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and the Honoring Native Life Program. Their goal is to enable Indigenous youth to share best practices, lessons learned, and to build a network of resources for Suicide Prevention and Intervention efforts in Tribal communities. The 2021 Youth Wellness Summit: Community Resilience: Nurturing and Protecting Youth Wellness, will take place virtually via zoom June 11, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and June 12, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The summit is open to ages 18 to 25, however youth as young as 16 are encouraged to apply with parental consent. Read More

Announcement about the new class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors happens on Earth Day

Youth in Action: Sustainable Agriculture
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:01 AM ET
Available on demand until Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 11:59 PM ET 

In celebration of Earth Day, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), UNITY will announce its 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors during the NMAI Youth in Action Live broadcast.  UNITY Earth Ambassador and 25 Under 25 Awardee Marco Ovando (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes), Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and Jack Pashano (Hopi) will also discuss the role traditional ecological knowledge plays in their work as farmers and entrepreneurs.
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UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee hosts virtual Self Defense Class

Join this free, virtual self-defense class with UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Kylie Hunts-in-Winter, a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. She is an experienced self-defense Instructor whose Brave Woman Campaign advocates empowering indigenous high school students against violence.

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Former UNITY 25 Under 25 named inaugural Salt River Scholars

The inaugural Salt River Scholars are first-year ASU Law students Ashleigh N. Fixico (former UNITY 25 Under 25) and Noah Goldenberg.In a new partnership with the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, two top Native American ASU Law students have been named the first Salt River Scholars. Read More

UNITY 25 Under 25 is Harvard bound

In this week’s highlight, we would like to share the news that one of UNITY’s 25 under 25 awardees, Kylie Hunts-In-Winter has recently been accepted to Harvard University. Kylie, who is not only an outstanding student, has been actively working in her local community  on projects such as womens’ self defense, as well as advocating among Arizona state officials for the change to Indigenous People’s Day.



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Advocating for Equality: A Conversation with Dylan Baca

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Dylan Baca shared how he “was thrilled to share my story with Points of Light on how I became inspired to use my voice and the work I’ve done with the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative. I hope my story inspires others to take action and use their voice.” Read the full article today!

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The best place to learn your language, is around the dinner table

It’s no secret, that during this time of a pandemic, many students have struggled to meet and socialize, or learn and interact with their culture. With the current challenges present in our communities, some native students have been creative in their own projects learning their culture. In this week’s highlight, we would like to spotlight a personal project that Brooke Thompson, a UNITY 25 under 25 awardee, has done for herself. The project she created, were laminated dinner mats with common table items names in her language. Brooke was kind enough to share a little bit about the idea behind her projects as well as some images of her table mats. Read More

Virtual Pow Wow a success in Chicago

The American Indian Center of Chicago, with the help of 25 Under 25 UNITY Youth Leader Frankie Pederson, hosted its first virtual powwow late last year. The Indian Center normally hosts an annual “in person powwow” every November but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee opted to host a virtual event. The event kicked off with the premier of a short film about the origin and purpose of powwows and a feature about the Chicago Native community. Indian tacos were offered through contactless pickups. The 67th annual powwow featured teen, junior and adult categories plus two special contests. Read More

UNITY 25 Under 25 Made Moves in 2020

In the past several months, since UNITY announced the 2020 class of 25 under 25 awardees, UNITY’s 25 under 25 awardees have naturally been keeping busy during this time.  Even with the hurdles of a pandemic, these students have found ways to be helpful to their respective communities and be effective leaders.  Some have been helping with food drives to help families sustain themselves during this pandemic, others helped advocate for changes to Columbus Day in local communities. Read More

Prayer Fire event held in response to suicide crisis

Shoshone Paiute tribal youth leaders in Nevada hosted and participated in a Prayer Fire to address a rash of recent suicides in their tribal community. Marco Ovando, a member of the UNITY 25 Under 25 Leaders and members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Youth Council teamed up to address three suicides within a two-week period along with other health-related deaths. The Prayer Fire, to recognize victims and ask for healing and protection, was held at the community’s pow wow grounds.

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