One Common Unity

Rating: 4.72 stars   18 reviews

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Location: 1525 Newton Street NW Washington DC 20010 USA

Mission: One Common Unity (OCU) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates and nurtures sustainable, caring communities through innovative peace education services, arts initiatives, and media programming.
Results: In the organization’s first ten years, OCU projects and programs have: 1) Provided nonviolence workshops and seminars in four District of Columbia high schools, three junior high schools and three elementary schools. 2) Provided music literacy, nonviolence and leadership development in the summer months to over 200 youth ages 14 - 18 living in D.C. through our “RYS Above the Violence” summer youth initiative. 3) Provided self-awareness and empowerment programs for over 100 young women from Washington Metro Area high schools. 4) Enriched the D.C. community through numerous cultural events and celebrations. 5) Administered the youth filmmaking program “A Nu View” for two consecutive summers, teaching 22 local high school students the principles of conflict resolution through the production of a documentary film. 6) Hosted Rejuvenation Retreats for the past 3 summers which helped individuals develop the skills for self-growth.
Target demographics: At-risk youth and adult citizens of the inner-city
Programs: Peace Education, Retreats, Community Cultural/Art Events
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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202-239-7556
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with OCU for the past half-year and have been truly inspired, both spiritually and intellectually, by the work they have been doing with youth. The power of social-emotional and creativity to inspire change is exponential and I can't recommend OCU enough!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I became interested in OCU because of the innovative peace education programs it has developed and offers to the DC community. As an intern, I joined a team of very dedicated and hardworking staff. I was also able to meet some of the members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council. I am constantly inspired by their ideas, work and drive. I am looking forward to learning a lot more about arts-based peace education and contributing in OCU's efforts for development and expansion!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its staff, Board and Advisory Council, who all deeply believe in the importance of being in peace with yourself, the environment and all other people. This is the message that the organization is trying to pass to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden the scope of the organization's activities to the national (even international) scale.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to be an intern at OCU because they needed someone to edit video for them. I did this and much more, because the people at OCU made me want to get involved. Their overwhelming positivity and the importance of the work they do is impossible to ignore. They are doing great things in DC, uniting people with music and art and encouraging change without violence. People seem to respond very well to what they do and they definitely do it well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I experienced the results when I attended their 10 Year Anniversary concert and witnessed first hand the massive crowd of people from every race/ethnicity gathered together in complete positivity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to expand what they do!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I first discovered One Common Unity as a prospective intern, I had an instant connection with it from reading the mission. Peace education through the arts is an avenue where I would hopefully like to pursue further in the future but for now, I enjoy seeing how positive changes unfold from being here. Through the organization I was even able to go to Busboys and Poets for the first time and I really enjoyed it. There are a lot of issues that are not noticed in the US and OCU is part of a network that serves to make the public aware of these issues and do something about them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending OCU's first event of the year at BusBoys and Poets

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them promote themselves more so that more people can support the good that they are doing.

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Rating: 4 stars  

One Common Unity is run by compassionate, committed individuals who work tirelessly to promote peace and trust in our community.

Violence, unfortunately, has become part of the culture of the United States. In light of recent events, the need for OCU has become even more apparent. OCU's work to create and support a movement to spread effective peace education and peace building activities, programs, and art.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Common Folk Awards Celebration is a great example of the ways in which OCU brings people together to discuss peace building and celebrate those who have changed their communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the great work. In order to do so, OCU needs more resources!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with One Common Unity on a wide variety of programs. The hands on arts based learning that OCU promotes is wonderful opportunity for personal growth and development, not only for the youth but for all involved. In the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to assist teens with film production on the "I May Not Get There With You" MLK film and work with hundreds of young adults with the CDF Freedom Schools Training. OCU is providing wonderful tools for arts, healing and personal growth.

The one thing OCU could benefit from is funding, it's amazing how much they do with the limited resources they currently have. The vision they have is huge and wonderful and deserves major support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Wilson HS, where students were engaged in classes on non-violence, and on the MLK film project where teens learned how to produce a documentary, while actually doing it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding so they could hire more staff and build the arts & healing center they have planned.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an intern with One Common Unity, I'm learning a huge amount about the kind of work small grassroots organizations do. OCU puts on a number of fantastic events that reach large numbers of the DC community, such as monthly concerts looking at different social justice issues. Additionally, they provide resources and a place for discussion and interaction for artists, educators and youths who care about living non-violently. They also try to get the word out to at-risk communities through youth education programs at schools and so on. OCU's vision is really inspiring--creating a culture of non-violence through the arts and culture.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

looking at the projects that come out of its work, such as youth-created documentaries looking at important issues and monthly concerts dedicated to raising awareness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money and more people to help them with their work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with One Common Unity several years ago and still treasure the experience. The use of the arts as a tool to empower the youth of DC to live above violence, is highly effective and rewarding to all involved. This organization is powered by those with a passion to make the world a better place.
Not only does OCU provide creative outlets for the kids involved, but also provides each one of them with an opportunity to make a contribution to a larger project- the chance to learn and grow. If art is the thing that makes us human, than OCU is humanizing DC one kid at a time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a volunteer I worked mostly behind the scenes of OCU's kids summer programs, but even from there I could see that the work OCU did was making a difference. I worked with a branch project that supported young women learning the djembe drum as a source of self expression and personal empowerment. Not only did the girls involved learn an instrument or perfect a craft, they created a community that gave them license to laugh, love and mature into women.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I were to make any changes to the organization as a whole, I would give them more money. As obvious as it may seem, the more resources the group has at it's disposal, the more opportunities they will be able to grasp. One Common Unity only needs to do more of what they've already mastered.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One Common Unity (OCU) is a wonderful nonprofit that utilizes community support and volunteerism to combat violence in Washington, DC, mainly among youths. I worked as an intern last summer and I learned first-hand the dedication and passion of each individual involved with OCU towards addressing violence at the community level. I had the chance to work with youths in local schools and community centers, teaching nonviolence and peace education through music, arts, and media. Each person served, whether an adult, young adult, or child, expressed graditude for the work OCU has done and continues to do within their communities. There is a great need for organizations like One Common Unity that address violence at the community level and uses creative techniques to relate to youths and teach nonviolence and peace education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the response of people served, their graditude, and their newfound techniques in relating to and stopping violence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to conduct long-term studies with surveys and interviews from people served/affected by OCU programs to support their work.

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Rating: 4 stars  

One Common Unity is powered by compassionate, committed individuals who give of themselves to make the world a better place. Their outreach to children trapped in a culture of violence is vital work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the generous spirit of the people who work there. They are building positive relationships in our fractured world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

establish a more stable funding base to support more extensive programming.

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