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8/17/2013 3:12:00 PM
Local Yavapai-Apache youth present workshop at National UNITY Conference
Nancy Ruiz and Merijayne Pusher of Yavapai-Apache Nation, Isaiah Thompson and Desirae Rambler of San Carlos Apache and Cameron Smith and Mithcell Garcia of White Mountain Apache co-presented “Social Media and Your Youth Council” at the National UNITY Conference.
Nancy Ruiz and Merijayne Pusher of Yavapai-Apache Nation, Isaiah Thompson and Desirae Rambler of San Carlos Apache and Cameron Smith and Mithcell Garcia of White Mountain Apache co-presented “Social Media and Your Youth Council” at the National UNITY Conference.

CAMP VERDE - Yavapai-Apache Nation Public Relations Youth Interns, the White Mountain Apache Tribe Youth Council and the San Carlos Apache Tribe Youth Council presented a workshop "Social Media and Your Youth Council," at the 2013 National UNITY Youth Conference in Los Angeles, Calif.

The United National Indian Tribal Youth organization is a national organization, founded in 1976 with more than 140 youth councils in more than 30 states. UNITY focuses on fostering the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through involvement of its youth.

Each year, the National UNITY organization hosts an annual conference, bringing together thousands of Native youth from around the country. The Conference features keynote speakers, entertainment, opportunities to share culture and talent and a variety of workshops geared at addressing issues with Native youth.

Ronnie Lupe, chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe said, "The future of our Tribes is our youth. Leadership is about vision, confidence and the ability to step forward and become a voice to the people. Apache youth from White Mountain, San Carlos and Yavapai-Apache coming together and presenting a national workshop embodies leadership. Knowing that we have young people who are willing to step forward and share their vision, gives me great confidence that the future of our Apache tribes is bright."

Collaboratively, youth from the Yavapai-Apache Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe and San Carlos Apache Tribe worked to develop the "Social Media and Your Youth Council," workshop, focusing on encouraging tribal youth to use social media to promote their local youth councils and discussing a variety of social media topics including what is social media, why should youth councils use social media, marketing and public relations techniques for youth councils, social media terminology and do's and don'ts for social media.

The presentation was spotlighted on a national platform, providing the youth presenters with the opportunity to promote their culture, tribal identity and reinforce Apache tribes strong commitment to youth. Leading up to the presentation, youth from both the White Mountain and San Carlos Youth Councils and the Yavapai-Apache Public Relations Office developed a marketing campaign for the workshop, and cooperatively worked to develop the workshop strategy, content and goal.

"As Tribal Leaders, we work together, we learn together and we grow together. That is the dynamics of leadership. We work diligently to ensure that our respected Tribes have a strong and prosperous future. Having our youth from the three Tribes come together, work together and grow together is a great indication that we have fostered a younger generation of strength, leadership and empowerment. I am very proud of these youth and their ambassadorship to the Yavapai-Apache Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe and San Carlos Apache Tribe," said Robert Jackson Sr., Vice Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

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