Schott Selected for UNITY’s 25 Under 25 National Leadership Program

Congratulations to Maci Schott, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Youth Council Chairwoman. Maci was selected to the 5th Class of UNITY’s 25 Under 25 National Leadership Recognition Program. Maci is the daughter of John and Candy Schott of Omaha and the granddaughter of Patricia Eichberger, Norfolk.

This national recognition program honors Native American and Alaskan Native youth leaders who exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life, developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.

“Mom and Dad are so proud of Maci!,” said Candy Schott, Administrative Officer of

Ponca Health Services for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. “She is a hardworking, compassionate young lady, and we couldn’t be prouder.” 

The biennial program, launched in 2014, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders under the age of 25 in Indian country.

“Our Native youth have a passion for building and bettering their communities. UNITY’s 25 Under 25 program recognizes their achievements and encourages these young people to stay involved and further develop their leadership skills,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY executive director. 

In addition, each awardee will receive a unique handmade beaded medallion and special training by UNITY for seven months geared to assist them in building on their individual achievements. Recipients will be recognized at the National UNITY Conference, which will take place in Minneapolis, July 8-12, 2022.

“She is truly deserving of this honor, and I am looking forward to seeing all she will accomplish in the future,” said Becci Sullivan, Vice Chairwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

Founded in 1976, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native youth.

UNITY’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24, and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement. UNITY’s network currently includes 320 affiliated youth councils in 36 states. Youth Councils are sponsored by Tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, urban centers, and others.

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