Our program changes from year to year and is similar in structure to high school Associated Student Body (ASB). We educate our youth on a variety of local and national issues and they select what our yearly objectives will be. They are also an Advisory Body for our youth programming.
Every year, our Youth Council donates 100s of hours of community service. Our members give back to our community at UAII and non-UAII activities, and serve as peer advocates for a variety of public health issues.
Our program honors our cultural roots by using devices like "Talking Sticks" to ensure that everyone's voice is heard during our meetings. We also use time-tested group activities developed by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts that build team cohesion and consensus building to accomplish tasks. To better prepare our leaders, our meeting are held using Parliamentary Procedure (Roberts Rules of Order).
Our Youth Council in a UNITY-affiliated chapter and a major component of our "Youth-led" program.
Our CITs are junior leaders in our summer camp program. They support our staff and work directly with our young campers.
In our basketball, cheer, and archery programs, we look to develop the leadership traits of our players.
In early summer, the Clubhouse hosts a retreat to develop team-building and decision-making skills in an outside environment.
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities for community service - especially during the holiday events at UAII.
Kayla Rivera (Navajo)
Neshuun Carmelo (Gabrielino, Diegueño)
Keith Rivera (Navajo)
Isaiah Boracio (Havasupai)
Lux Amaya (San Carlos Apache)
If you want to get more information about our activies, please consider joining our Youth Council which meets the first Friday of every month. Our Youth Council communicates throughout the month through a closed-group application - the BAND app. If you would like to join our discussions, scan the QR code and ask to join our group.
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