STEP 2: Youth Personal Statement for 2019 UNITY Earth Ambassadors
United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc,. (UNITY) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2019 class of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990’s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

The 2019 class will attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities.

Each Earth Ambassador will host their own community service project showcasing the new skills and leadership tools they have gained throughout the year. Topics can focus on, but not limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration. In addition, the ambassadors will be provided special opportunities, coordinated through UNITY, to take their message to tribal and government agency representatives, and lawmakers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is March 15, 2019 by 5pm MST.
BOTH the Nomination Form:
this Student Personal Statement Form (below)
MUST BE Completed Before March 15th to be considered.

Native youth must be between the ages of 14-24 years old and be able to provide proof of enrollment into a State or Federally Recognized Tribal Nation. Prior involvement in UNITY is not required.

If chosen, the Native youth will receive:
* A Complimentary Registration to the 2019 National UNITY Conference held in Orlando, Florida, where they will be officially recognized.
* One Registration to the 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference to showcase their Project Final Reports and experiences.
* One Environmental Excursion with Peers
* Each student will also be available for UNITY Travel Scholarships and Complimentary lodging at the host hotels for each Conference.
All incentives are based on funding availability, financial need and the Awardees participation in conference call meetings, requested ambassador duties and required report submissions.

Winners will be announced in late April 2019.
For questions or concerns please contact LorenAshley Buford at or call our National UNITY Headquarters 480-718-9793

Name of Youth Applying: *
Email Contact: *
Contact Phone Number: *
Gender: *
Date of Birth: *
Tribal Enrollment: *
What state do you currently reside in? *
Are you currently a student? If so, where do you attend? *
Please upload a copy of your most recent Resume. Please title your document with your last name first followed by your first name. For example, John Smith's Resume will be titled "Smith,John_Resume" *
You may choose to answer the question below using the on-line form, or you may upload your document here. It is VERY important that each question is answered. Please be detailed in your responses.
What does it mean to you to be an environmental ambassador?
In what ways are you addressing environmental concerns within your tribe or local community?
If awarded, what community project promoting environmental stewardship will you carry out?
If you are chosen, may we quote your above answers in UNITY publications about this Native youth? *
Please upload a photo of the Youth applying. Please know this professional headshot will be used in UNITY Publications to announce the Winners. Please include your name in the file name. *
If you are under 18 years old, what is your Parent or Guardian's Email address?
If you are under 18 years old, what is your Parent Parent or Guardian's Phone number?
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