Transforming schools into spaces for healing.

Working inside schools and out in the community, our innovative programming skillfully blends art, music, and culture with social-emotional learning, conflict resolution, and mental health services to improve students’ behavioral health outcomes and transform school cultures. Together, our continuum of services centers the needs of DC youth, unleashing their full potential.


“I was not doing well in school but Fly By Light made me a more confident person and more confident in my abilities. It is the people within the program, who over time, helped me change into the person I really want to be.”

— Leighton, Fly By Light Alum

Community Updates

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

Please help us reach our ambitious end-of-year giving goal of $15,000. When you give to OCU, you give DC’s youth a chance at healing. OCU’s Fly By Light program teaches youth the healing power of the arts, nature, and community connection. Fly By Light nature retreats offer youth a chance to get out of the city and…


Get to know Kim Y. Jones

As an opportunity to help staff and our community better get to know our new Executive Director, our Development Director, Brittany Nixon, took all the crowd-sourced questions from staff and sat down with her to get her take on things like life, work and family. It was a lot of fun, and a bit surprising, to hear some of her answers.


Unleashing positive change—inside and out

Power the movement! Invest in peace.

Thank you to our funders and partners!

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