140 Native Youth Leaders Set for Training in Spokane

Unity Native Leaders

Distinguished Facilitators & Peer Trainers Confirmed for 3 – Day Training

Published November 2, 2015 

MESA, ARIZONA – 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.

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