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United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.

NCJ Number
189412
Date Published
Author(s)
Sagiri, Y.
Publication Series
Annotation
This paper describes the history, structure, and current activities of United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY).
Abstract
UNITY is a nonprofit, national network organization that promotes personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian/Alaska Native youth. An outgrowth of an American Indian education project in southwestern Oklahoma, UNITY began as a small group in 1976 and has expanded to a nationwide organization that currently reaches more than 5,000 American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Underpinning the UNITY philosophy is the belief that the most effective way to achieve positive and lasting change among American Indian/Alaska Native youth is to prepare them to become informed and contributing members of their tribes, villages, communities, States, and Nation. UNITY reaches these youth through a variety of programs and activities, including national and regional leadership conferences, training seminars, awareness campaigns, multi-media publications, and sports clinics. UNITY has promoted the creation of youth councils, which are local groups of youth ages 15 to 24 who come together for a common purpose. The youth councils, which are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, and urban organizations, can vary in size from a few members to hundreds of members. Through the councils, youth learn leadership skills while helping others in their communities, tribes, or villages. Youth councils are involved in a wide range of activities, such as cultural preservation, environmental awareness, community service, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The UNITY Network includes all youth councils and provides a forum for communication and the sharing of information.
Date Created: August 12, 2014