Quick Reads: week of Feb. 24

Fifth Annual Navajo Nation Science Fair Feb. 23-25

The Navajo Department of Diné Education will put on the 2016 Navajo Nation Science Fair Feb. 23-25 at Red Rock State Park-Gallup, New Mexico.

Office of Diné School Improvement of the Navajo Department of Diné Education officials are excited about the Navajo Nation Science Fair this year.

"This year over 750 entries were submitted from Kindergarten to 12th grades representing over 50 schools," said Johanson Phillips, principal education specialist at the Office of Diné School Improvement.

The Office of Diné School Improvement anticipates receiving more than 750 projects by the time registration closes Feb. 17. A total of 40 judges have signed-up to evaluate and score science projects in seven categories:

• animal sciences;

• behavior and social services;

• biology;

• chemistry;

• engineering and computer science;

• environment science ;and

• physical sciences.

For addition information is available from Johanson Phillips at (928) 871-7451 or 7452.

American Indian Disability Summit March 17 in Phoenix

The 12th Annual American Indian Disability Summit will take place at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its theme is "Gathering Native Voices to Celebrate the Spirt of Resilience."

The summit is held to facilitate training, outreach and technical assistance to all people with disabilities. Attendees will gain awareness of support services and become empowered to improve their lifestyle by learning strategies to eliminate barriers to service delivery.

The American Indian Disability Summit is held annually in the Phoenix area reflecting its mission statement "to provide for interaction, networking, education and support for urban Indians with disabilities and their families and bridging opportunities and resources in urban and tribal communities". Its goal is to target consumers, families and service providers of Native Americans with disabilities.

This a fragrance and tobacco free event.

More information about registration, accommodations and an application are available by calling (602) 443-0707 or 1-800-280-2245 ext. 707 or Rosalie at ability360.org or www.americanindiandisabilitysummit.org or on Facebook at aidisabilitysummit.

Nominations for a Native Youth Leader

The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) is accepting applications through Feb. 29 for the second class of its national youth leadership recognition program, the "25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards."

The awards program celebrates the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY's core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements.

Tribal leaders, community leaders, parents and elders are encouraged to nominate a youth from their community for this recognition. The purpose of UNITY's 25 Under 25 program is to:

• Recognize the accomplishments of Native young people, ages 14 to 25, who are dedicated to serving their communities;

• Provide training and hands-on learning activities that will increase the participants' ability to serve their community;

• Encourage rising Native leaders to aspire to greater levels of achievement; and

• Build a support network of 'service to community' minded leaders that will grow with each year; and

• Further the UNITY mission of building a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement. The application process will close on Feb. 29, with announcement of the 2016 class taking place in late April. Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during the National UNITY Conference happening July 22-26, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

More information and applications to nominate a youth is available at the UNITY webiste at unityinc.org.

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