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140 Native Youth Leaders Set for Training in Spokane, Washington

November 2, 2015

Distinguished Facilitators and Peer Trainers Confirmed for 3-Day Training

November 2, 2015 – Mesa, AZ – 140 Native youth will receive exclusive training November 6-8, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

Renowned Native youth trainer Robert Johnston (Muskogee Creek/Choctaw) will serve as facilitator along side of Marcus Anthony Guinn, aka Emcee One (Osage / Potawatomi / Delaware & Puerto Rican). In addition, Nataanii Hatathlie (Navajo) and Leslie Locklear (Lumbee) will serve as peer trainers. Robert Johnston is a founding member of the Native Wellness Institute and is a popular Native American speaker and coach who has served Indian Country for over 15 years. Emcee One is a national speaker, recording artist, DJ, conference consultant & youth advocate. Nataanii Hatathlie, a former National UNITY Council Co-President and a UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree, currently attends Stanford University, and is majoring in Management Science & Engineering. Leslie Locklear, also a UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree, is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a focus on Educational Studies and Cultural Foundations. 

The TNL training focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:

  • Team building activities
  • Action planning & event promotion
  • Developing community service projects
  • How to create a UNITY youth council
  • Opportunity to present at a national conference
For more information about the TNL program and future trainings, please contact Lynnann Yazzie at (480) 718-9793 or by email l.yazzie@unityinc.org. For information about UNITY, visit www.unityinc.org

Future Trainings
The TNL initiative will offer tribal youth leadership training in several sites over the next two years. Training sessions have been scheduled for Saint Paul, Minnesota (Spring 2016); Palm Springs, California (Winter 2016); and Boston, Massachusetts (Spring 2017). These training sessions will expand the number of UNITY youth councils and youth-led community service projects.

About UNITY
Established 39 years ago, UNITY—United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.—is a national organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among tribal youth. UNITY is composed of 155 affiliated youth councils in 35 states, sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, and urban Native centers.

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