2,000 attendees, Native youth, prepare for 42nd Annual National UNITY Conference

ICT editorial team

More than 2,000 attendees prepare for an unprecedented Native youth leadership experience in San Diego

News Release

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY).


The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY). UNITY is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 to 24. Established in 1976, UNITY is one of the largest and oldest American Indian youth leadership networks in North America, UNITY has more than 220 affiliated youth councils in 36 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.


42nd Annual National UNITY Conference. More than 2,000 Native American youth and advisors from urban and rural tribal communities throughout the United States converge in San Diego for annual leadership development experience.


Thursday, July 5 - Monday, July 9, 2018. 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Full agenda available for download at .


Town & Country San Diego

500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, CA 92108


Engage and develop leadership and community building through peer-led activities and training, workshops, and motivational content. A variety of topics addressed by youth, their advisors, and guest speakers and presenters, will include cultural and language preservation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership principles. In addition, challenges surrounding the epidemics Native youth face in their communities, such as suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and environmental concerns, are also prominent subjects with solution finding dialogue and action planning.

Featured guest speakers include: Brooke Simpson (Haliwa-Saponi), a finalist on NBC's singing competition The Voice, Native American dancer and singer Supaman (Apsaalooke), renowned photographer Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip), a special panel on youth entrepreneurship led by Nike N7's Sam McCracken (Sioux and Assiniboine), professional lacrosse athletes Lyle Thompson (Onondaga) and Jeremy Thompson (Onondaga), Bellator MMA women's flyweight world champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (Hawaiian), and American Ninja Warrior contestant Abram Benally (Navajo).


Media may request media credentials at:


Press Pool