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Clear Sky Native Youth Council

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Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council

SCSNYCis a youth centered, youth driven program of UNEA. Clear Sky originated in February of 2008 with a few Native youth initiating weekly gathering in response to the lack of cultural, social and academic support. Clear Sky and UNEA eventually merged as a natural evolution of parents, youth, educators, and community members coalescing together to strengthen their resolve to create successful grassroots organization with the clear purpose of serving Native youth. 

Clear Sky provides a number of resources, activities, educational and cultural opportunities not otherwise available or accessible to our urban Native youth. Clear Sky Native Youth Council Program has become a touchstone and a place of power for community building since its organic inception. Highlights of Clear Sky Program include: Leadership Council, Natives on the Rise Mentorship Project, Empowerment Workshops, Life Skills trainings, and our monthly Clear Sky Newsletters. Youth participants have opportunity to learn and grow specific skills sets and prepare for college, technology school and workforce through; civic and community service, stewardship, self- advocacy, and professional development. All programming and activities are designed for Native youth, Native youth voice, and with thoughtful attention to cultural relevancy and cultural responsiveness.

Clear Sky hosts several special events throughout the year

  • Native Youth Leadership Forum - Native youth gather together for roundtable discussions and teambuilding activities to learn, practice and role play effective strategies, skills, and techniques for leadership, instilling confidence, trust and self-esteem. Youth learn advocacy and activism as well as how to community build.

  • Clear Sky NDN Youth Conference - This conference is in its 5th year. Native youth co-plan and assist with the 2-3 day conference. Youth participate in various workshops and keynote presentations designed specifically with a theme aimed at empowering youth to be agents of change. Youth learn from an array of local and regional Native professionals, leaders, experts, artists and activists.
  • Natives on the Rise Mentorship Project - Natives on the Rise pairs Native youth with volunteer peer or adult Native professionals. Mentors connect weekly with youth mentees to form supportive, caring, and positive relationships. The Mentors on the Rise also has a yearly University of Washington mentorship day.

  • Rites of Passage Graduation Ceremony - 8th grade and 12th grade Native Graduates are honored, recognized and celebrated for their academic success and promotion. This is always a special event and is an opportunity for UNEA to spotlight and honor our Native graduates as a community. Native graduate presentations, and guest keynote speakers
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Native Warrior Athletics

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Native Warrior Athletics

Native Warrior Athletics programs features sports, fitness classes, workshops and Basketball training for Native youth. Our fitness activities include Running/Walking Team, Fun Run/walk events, workshops on nutrition and health, special guest speakers and workshops to promote health and wellness. Our Native Warriors basketball activities include; leagues, scrimmages, practices, and tournaments. We also have special training sessions with guest coaches and opportunities for improving individual skills. Our N.W.A. program emphasizes team work, cultural and tribal identity and values. We strive to encourage our Native youth to make positive choices and serve as role models in our community.

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PROGRAMS

UNEA offers culturally responsive and relevant support to Native youth and families through social, cultural, and educational support services. UNEA provides consultation, advocacy, support and resources for Native families and students. We are inspired by our 100% graduation and advancement of Native learners participating in Clear Sky program. Our organization is driven by our grass roots community volunteers and we are committed to our core values; Integrity, Interconnectedness, Inclusion, and Service. Our programs are all youth centered, youth driven and designed for promoting health, wellness and academic, socio-cultural success for youth, families and community.

OUR MISSON

Our Mission

Thriving Through Education, Culture and Tradition

Clear Sky Mission

Collectively engage in activities and promote educational achievement. We strive to enhance our tribal identities, personal and community growth and wellness. We advocate for justice, equality and visibility in the Seattle community.

UNEA Mission

Engage all generations to serve and empower Native youth through education, culture and tradition.

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2020 BOD

Sarah Sense Wilson

Sarah Sense Wilson, LMHC, CDP, WSGCC-II, Chair of Urban Native Education Alliance

Sarah Sense Wilson

Sarah Sense Wilson, LMHC, CDP, WSGCC-II, Chair of Urban Native Education Alliance

Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala) serves as the elected Chair for the Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA). Sarah is committed to strengthening our urban Native community through tireless advocacy, organizing, and networking both within the Native community and greater King County area. Central to Sarah’s values is student voice, "As an organization we need to be cognizant of its purpose at all times, we are here to serve the academic, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of our Native children". Collaborating, consulting and sharing in decision making with students supports our emphasis on being student centered.


Sarah’s educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science, UW 1999, Chemical Dependency License 2004, and she completed her MA degree in Applied Psychology from Antioch University in 2010. Sarah is a Washington State licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a certified Problem Gambling Counselor. She has worked in the chemical dependency field for over 15 years, specializing in both family and couples counseling. Sarah is currently employed at Tulalip Tribes Behavioral Wellness as a Problem Gambling Coordinator.

Sarah and her partner Mark have one daughter who recently graduated from Western Washington University. Sarah enjoys her multiple volunteer roles and is highly motivated to improve academic and cultural enrichment experiences for our urban Native youth. Sarah believes both cultural knowledge and education are vital to strengthen and build the future for our urban Native community.

Gwendolyn A. Lee

Gwendolyn A. Lee, Member At Large

Gwendolyn A. Lee

Gwendolyn A. Lee, Chinese, Member At Large

Gwen and her husband John, first became active in UNEA when they sought culturally appropriate and enriching activities for two Native foster children in their care. As they encouraged and facilitated the participation of these Native youths in various UNEA activities, Gwen and John became increasingly impressed with the organization and the positive effects it was having on the kids. As foster parents, they particularly valued how the program helped strengthen the youths’ sense of identity, self-confidence and enthusiasm for participating in healthy, culture based activities. Recognizing these and other program benefits, Gwen has continued to participate and volunteer even after the reunification of the youth with their birth family.

Gwen’s academic background includes Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Communications and Sociology from the University of Washington. Among her extremely diverse professional activities, Gwen has worked as an Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel J. Evans (including areas of Indian Affairs). She also served as the Assistant to the Seattle City Treasurer. She has worked extensively as a labor union activist for environmental, economic and social justice. Gwen was subsequently elected to the highest management position within the 3,200 member Local 46 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, becoming the first female in the international organization to head a construction union. She is pleased and honored to serve as Treasurer for UNEA.

Marcus Shriver

Marcus Shriver, Member At Large

Marcus Shriver

Marcus Shriver

I am a 26 year old Chicanx adoptee from Colorado located on Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute land. I have lived here on Coast Salish land for 8 years. I graduated from Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in Digital Design and from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business with a degree in Marketing in 2015. I have a passion for music and currently work at Seattle Theatre Group as a concerts marketer working mostly with The Neptune Theatre. I am local concert and street photographer and spend much of my time going to local shows, taking photos, and fiddling with vintage video game systems and cameras.

Michelle Landwehr

Michelle Landwehr, M.Ed., Member at Large

Michelle Landwehr

Michelle Landwehr, M.Ed.

Michelle became involved in UNEA as a parent looking for a program to nourish and support her son in his Native heritage. She was quickly filled with gratitude for the profound positive impact the program made on her son’s life. Michelle’s respect for UNEA grew as she witnessed its talented leaders, who inspired her to become more involved. From her lens as an educator, she took note that every one of UNEA’s participants, even those facing obstacles, was thriving in the program. “UNEA provides invaluable resources that are not available in schools, such as individualized and responsive programming, mentorship, and cultural education. Every youth is known, seen, valued, and encouraged.”

Michelle has spent over two decades committed to enriching the lives of youth through education. She earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Masters in Education in Special Education from the University of Washington, and a Masters-level certification in Educational Leadership from City University of Seattle. She has held numerous positions in education, including teaching, mentoring, and leadership positions, and has previously served in volunteer and advocacy roles for a variety of youth. Michelle is currently an Instructional Technology and Curriculum Leader with the Bellevue School District and serves on the Washington Children’s Mental Health Workgroup subcommittee for improving school-based mental health services. She lives in North Seattle with her family, including her son Alex, Menominee. She considers herself a Native ally who shares UNEA’s values and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the UNEA community and further its mission.

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Scholarship Fund

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Introduction to the Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors the memory of Roberta M. Wilson (Oglala/Cheyenne) for her life-long personal and professional dedication to Indian education. Roberta M. Wilson’s legacy of unwavering commitment lives on in the hearts, minds, and spirits of her students, and in the many lives she touched throughout her life. Roberta M. Wilson’s contributions to the advancement of students in higher education continue to inspire, ignite, and motivate those whom had the privilege to experience her leadership, wisdom, and guidance. Roberta M. Wilson embodied Lakota virtues and values, exemplifying cultural integrity in all her endeavors. This scholarship recognizes honorable scholars pursuing higher education while upholding their service commitment to their respective tribal community.

Roberta M. Wilson Biography

This scholarship honors the memory of Roberta M. Wilson (Oglala/Cheyenne) for her life- long personal and professional dedication to Indian education. Roberta M. Wilson’s legacy of unwavering commitment lives on in the hearts, minds, and spirits of her students, and in the many lives she touched throughout her life. Roberta M. Wilson’s contributions to the advancement of students in higher education continue to inspire, ignite, and motivate those whom had the privilege to experience her leadership, wisdom, and guidance. Roberta M. Wilson embodied Lakota virtues and values, exemplifying cultural integrity in all her endeavors. This scholarship recognizes honorable scholars pursuing higher education while upholding their service commitment to their respective tribal community.

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Our Support

Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners!

    Partners

  • Northwest Indian College
  • UW Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
  • Northwest Two Spirit Society
  • Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Red Eagle Soaring
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  • Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission
  • WSU Center for Native People for Cancer Prevention
  • UW Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
  • Seattle Parks Department
  • Ryther Children’s Center

    Sponsors

  • Nahahille Foundation
  • Tulalip Tribes
  • Suquamish Indian Tribe
  • Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Port Madison Enterprise
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Energy Innovation Foundation
  • Puyallup Indian Tribe
  • Spirit Walk Foundation
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • Discuren Foundation
  • Potlatch Fund
  • Notah Begay the 3rd Foundation
  • Swinomish Tribe
  • Upper Skagit Tribe

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