background image
Young River People’s Youth Council’s Advisor, Christine Porter, receives the UNITY’s Advisor of the Year Award.

UNITY’s Advisor of the Year Award

In July, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Young River People’s Youth Council (YRPC) attended the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference in Orlando, Florida. This year the YRPC came back with another award to add to their list of achievements: YRPC advisor Christine Porter was awarded the 2019 JR Cook Advisor of the Year Award.

The youth, with the help of SRPMIC President Martin Harvier, submitted a nomination letter to the UNITY organization prior to the national conference.

“I am honored,” said Porter, who has been with the YRPC for almost three years. “I’ve been able to see [YRPC members] grow into young leaders and do amazing things and create programs for the Community. I helped them along, but they do [the work]. To be able to help them along with those processes is just an honor for me; I love working with them.”

Christine Porter along with the Young River People’s Council gather on stage as she accepts the Advisor of the Year Award during the UNITY conference in Orlando, Florida.
The YRPC is looking forward to another year of projects and services for the Community. Their focus this last year was on drug abuse awareness. They are passing that project on to the Helping O’odham Piipaash Excel (H.O.P.E.) program to continue to send out the message about the dangers of drugs. The YRPC now plans to focus on preserving the environment, helping the Earth and preserving the culture of the O’odham and Piipaash.

For more information on the YRPC and how to join, contact advisor Christine Porter at (480) 362-7527 or visit their Instagram page at