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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done work with OCU for over a year and a half, getting to personally see plenty of the positive impact this organization has been able to have. I've been to their Fly By Light after-school programs at multiple different school sites and also been along to many of the different events held during that time, witnessing in every instance just how necessary the work this organization does is not just for helping the youth of the present, but for the future of the communities here and across the nation. The world could use more positive organizations working to bring everyone together to build a better future; this one is an excellent example of an organization on the rise looking to do just that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started interning for One Common Unity about 3 weeks ago and I already feel right at home. Everyone is treated like family here, and the staff constantly checks in to make sure you feel included and comfortable with the work you are doing. OCU does incredible work that truly inspires our communities on a spiritual and intellectual level, and I could not be more thankful that I get to be apart of such an amazing organization.

Emily133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about OCU about three years ago at a Fly By Light screening. I was incredibly inspired by the amazing work that this organization does. I am happy to say that I am now interning with OCU and could not have asked for a better experience so far. The staff here is so passionate about OCU's mission and works tirelessly to accomplish amazing things. Every day at OCU is inciting and I look forward to spending more time here.

Adriyanna A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working at OCU about 2 weeks ago and when I say this place is amazing I mean AMAZING! I have never enjoyed going to work everyday and as an undergrad student to find something so fulfilling and satisfying is a challenge! OCU has really taught me the true meaning of "truth and service". I am so astound and proud of this organization that I even go home working on projects. I admire the REAL work they're doing for our communities and I am so proud to be apart of the process. OCU is changing lives out here!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

Jordan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.