All About Youth Councils – Page 2 – UNITY, Inc.

Nominate a Deserving Advisor, Alumni or Youth for these 2020 UNITY Awards

Each year UNITY showcases the best in Indian Country through highlighting a few dedicated community members who embody the spirit of UNITY. Click here to find out more information on scholarships or Nominate a deserving Advisor and Alumni Today.

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UNITY wishes the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council a Happy 25th Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONYC!
“Celebrating 25 years of memories, songs, stories, and good food. All night round dancing to early morning breakfast to late night meetings, changing lives continues to be the goal. Giving thanks to those who have sacrificed and paved the way for new light to shine.
Dedicated to the past, present, and future members of TONYC.” – Samuel Lopez UNITY Earth Ambassador

Young River People’s Council Going Strong Through Everything

CENSUS CANVASSING OVER SPRING BREAK 

The Census is an extremely import process that the Salt River must take seriously. To ensure that the community is well informed we went door to door around the neighborhoods teaching community members how to fill out their census information properly and when to do it. It was a good experience for me, I’m glad that I get to be a part of this process and I hope that our canvassing has made in impact in making sure Salt River is counted.  – Sommer Lopez Read More

Cherokee Youth Summit Builds Leadership

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Navajo middle school youth council captures hearts

 A new youth council from the Navajo nation captured the hearts of attendees at the UNITY Midyear Conference. A big reason may have to do with their ages. The District 17 Youth Council members are made of youth ages 10 to 12 years old. The youth council, from the communities surrounding Gallup, New Mexico, became an affiliate just one week prior to the midyear conference. Most affiliated UNITY youth councils are made up of high school and college age youth. The conference attracted a record 450 participants from around the country.

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Three Resolutions for the National UNITY Council to Consider

Greetings National UNITY Council,

Your UNITY youth leaders have been busy! On behalf of your elected Executive Committee representatives, we are eager to share the following proposed initiatives sponsored by various Programs within the UNITY Network. Each Program focuses on a different aspect of the social, mental, spiritual and physical development. As you may know the members of each UNITY-affiliated youth council appoint two individuals (one young woman, one young man) to serve as their representatives on the National UNITY Council (NUC).   Read More

UNITY Leader Crowned Miss Tohono O’odham Nation

UNITY youth cheer on one of their own during the 2020 Miss Tohono O’odham Nation Pageant! On January 19, Miss Indian Arizona, and current UNITY Intern, Audriana Adzaan Mitchell, attended the Miss Tohono O’odham Nation Pageant. Audriana serves her community in many capacities as a UNITY Peer Guide, advocating for decreasing native youth incarceration rates through the Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative. This event was held at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. Read More

Team-building training at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

“Don’t step on a landmine!,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s executive director. She was speaking to educators and staff at the Havasupai Elementary School participating in a team-building exercise. The landmine exercise involved an obstacle course ridden with imaginary land mines (plastic cups). Teams of two people, one blindfolded, were instructed to navigate their way through the course without hitting a land mine. The exercise is designed to build communication skills and trust.

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National UNITY Council Network in Action

Over 300 Native youth groups and Tribal communities have Registered to attend the 2019 upcoming National UNITY Conference.

As the largest Native youth gathering in the nation quickly approaches, thousands of youth groups and tribal organizations are buzzing with anticipation. Native Youth describe the UNITY Conference as an “life changing experience” that empowers them to action when they return home. As part of the National UNITY Council’s annual membership renewal youth councils submit their Annual Reports outlining how they have impacted their local community through service projects.

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Noli Indian School graduates 11 in June ceremony

Eleven Native students are ready to pursue their goals and dreams after completing requirements to graduate from Noli Indian School, which is located on the Soboba Indian Reservation in Southern California. Many of the students representing various tribes proudly attached eagle feathers to their beaded graduation caps as they received their diplomas inside the Soboba’s new casino event center. The ceremony began with prayer and bird singing led by Wayne Nelson of the Inter-tribal Singers.

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