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UNEA celebrated Clear Sky 8th Annual Anniversary

On Tuesday March 8th UNEA celebrated Clear Sky 8th annual anniversary. Clear Sky 8 year anniversary marks a milestone, On Tuesday March 8th UNEA celebrated Clear Sky 8th annual anniversary. Clear Sky 8 year anniversary marks a milestonewe are taking time to pause, reflect and share together... Read More

‘Natives on the Rise’ Mentorship Project

This mentorship project was designed to increase 1:1 contact with local tribal leaders... Read More

Self Defense Training

On Tuesday and Thursday March 1stand 3rd, 12 Clear Sky Students enrolled in a special series on Self-Defense. Read More

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 ABOUT US 

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, Interconnectredness, 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.

ATHLETICS

Native Warrior Athletics

Native Warrior Athletics programs features sports, fitness classes, workshops and Basketball training for Native youth. Our fitness activities includes 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.

YOUTH COUNCIL

Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council

SCSNYC is a program developed for youth by youth for purpose of strengthening tribal identity, providing educational/academic tutoring services and leadership opportunities. Clear Sky Youth meet bi-weekly (Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00pm-8:30pm) every week during the regular school year. Youth gain valuable tools, and skills for building confidence, self-esteem and knowledge to support healthy identity and personal growth. Volunteer college students and Seattle area Native professionals serve as mentors and tutors for Clear Sky youth on a weekly basis. Clear Sky program is designed for Native youth ages 9-19, and is a drop-in program. Volunteer college students and Native professionals serve as tutors and mentors for Clear Sky youth on a weekly basis.

  • Traditional Drumming, Singing, Storytelling, Talking Circles, Tribal Language Circles, & Ceremonies
  • Cultural/Educational Field Trips
  • Decolonization Workshops
  • Education/Awareness on Alcohol, Drugs, Problem Gambling, Cancer, & Diabetes
  • Mural making and creative art projects
  • Service & Leadership Training
  • College and employment readiness and life skills
  • Sponsorship of SPS Native Club
  • Volunteer Community Service Learning Hours, Natives on the Rise Mentorship project, Clear Sky Youth Leadership Council

Special Events

Native Youth Leadership Forum

Native Youth learn and develop effective strategies, skills and knowledge for leadership, advocacy, activism and community building, 1-2 day yearly event

Native Pride Basketball Camp

Our annual Native Pride Basketball Camp brings together local and regional Native coaches and staff for building fundamental skills and developing critical concepts for supporting interlinking Native values with important basketball principles. Native youth have an opportunity to participate in talking circles, discussions on diabetes, alcohol/drug prevention, and problem gambling awareness.

Clear Sky NDN Youth Conference

Our annual event brings urban and reservation based Native youth together to learn from local and regional Native professionals, experts, leaders, artists and educators.

Natives on the Rise Mentorship Project

Natives on the Rise mentorship pairs youth with volunteer adult Native mentors during the school year. Youth meet with their Mentors 2x month with goals for connecting youth with caring, supportive and positive role models. Youth and mentors establish academic, socio-cultural goals together.

Rites of Passage Graduation Ceremony

8th grade and 12th grade Native Graduates are recognized, and honored for their academic achievements at our annual Rites of Passage graduation Ceremony. This is s special event and we love the opportunity to spotlight and celebrate student success.

OUR MISSON

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.

2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2016 BOD

Sarah Sense-Wilson, LMHC, CDP, WSGCC-I, NCGC-I

Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala, Sioux) 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. Sarah’s educational background includes B.A. in Political Science, UW 1999, Chemical Dependency License 2004, and she completed her MA degree in Applied Psychology from Antioch University 2010.Sarah is a Washington State licensed Mental Health Counselor. Sarah is a certified Problem Gambling Counselor. Sarah and her partner Mark have one daughter who attends Western Washington University. Sarah enjoys her multiple volunteer roles and is highly motivated to improve academic and cultural enrichment experiences of our urban Native youth. Sarah believes both cultural knowledge and education are vital to strengthen and build the future for our urban Native community.

Vicki Pinkham

(Tlingit) Secretary currently works for the Seattle Indian Health Board as an Elder’s Case Manager serving the American Indian/Alaska Native Elder’s in the Seattle metropolitan area. Prior to joining the Health Board, Vicki worked for the Native American Center of Excellence at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Seattle Municipal Courts, and a minimum security prison. Vicki earned a B. A. in Sociology and Society & Justice from the University of Washington (UW) in 1997.

Gwen Lee

(Chinese), Member At Large

Herb Le Beau

(Cheyenne River Sioux), Member At Large

Balasz Dibuz

Member At Large

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CALENDAR of events

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Book Signing

STUDENT OF THE MONTH RECOGNITION

STUDENT MONTH

Ariana and Reyna Aleck

are in 7th grade at Whitman middle school. They enjoy going to the community center with their friends to play basketball. They are involved in after school sports. Ariana played basketball on the JV school team and also plays Ultimate Frisbee. She also play ball with our Native Warriors. Reyna is on the volleyball team and she plays ball with Native warriors. They were both involved with Clear Sky last summer in the Seattle Storm Leadership program and the twice weekly exercise/workout strengthening program. Both Girls are very active with their Alaska Native Culture. They dance in three different dance groups, and perform regularly. They are traveling to Alaska this June to perform in the Sealaska Celebration where over 40 dance and 2000 dancers come together to share song and dance. Ariana played basketball on the JV school team and also plays Ultimate Frisbee. She also play ball with our Native Warriors. Reyna is on the volleyball team and she plays ball with Native warriors. They were both involved with Clear Sky last summer in the Seattle Storm Leadership program and the twice weekly exercise/workout strengthening program. Both Girls are very active with their Alaska Native Culture.

student of the month