Today’s Native Leaders (TNL) hosted its latest leadership training program in St. Paul, Minnesota from April 15-17, 2016. Nearly 100 youth representing Native American tribes from the surrounding area and across the country joined to plan community service projects.
Youth participants were challenged by peer leaders to develop their creative and critical thinking skills as young leaders by identifying areas of strength along with opportunities for change within their communities. The youth participants then focused on designing an effective service project to fit their unique community needs and personal interests. On the final day of the training youth groups presented the project plans with one another and shared details on how they will translate their ideas into action when they return home.
The TNL curriculum used to accomplish this process was led by peer youth leaders, Leslie Locklear (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina) and Nataanii Hatathlie (Navajo Nation, with facilitation support from professionals Robert Johnston and Marcus Anthony Guinn (Emcee One). Over the three days of the training, youth also had the opportunity to celebrate UNITY’s 40th Birthday on April 16, 2016. A special birthday cake was presented, following a cultural exchange of performances by youth participants, that included uplifting traditional songs and dances. This special UNITY 40th celebration was live-streamed for supporters of Native Youth via the official UNITY Facebook Page. To view the live stream video, click here.
UNITY thanks Robert Johnston, Marcus Guinn, Nataanii Hatathlie and Leslie Locklear for a great job facilitating the TNL sessions. Look for a future announcement about the next TNL training to be held in the great state of Alaska!