by Christine Trudeau
The United National Indian Tribal Youth, organization, or UNITY, is going virtual for their annual conference this year because of the ongoing pandemic. UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla says as Native youth continue to play a vital role in tribal communities combating COVID-19, it’s important for them to take time to connect with peers at workshops, share talents, and build on self-care techniques to help navigate stress and anxiety amid lock-downs and isolation.
“What the virtual conference has to offer is a message of hope and empowerment – just connecting with each other I think that’s really important during this pandemic that we connect with each other and inspire each other,” Titla said.
Those with limited Wi-Fi access can still participate by telephone or receive content via thumb-drive. The next live conference is July NINTH, and features rapper Taboo.
This story is a collaboration with National Native News and the Solutions Journalism Network