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

One Common Unity is proud to announce their new Senior Director of Programs, Jake Frelick, LICSW.

Jake Frelick, LICSW is now the Senior Director of Programs at One Common Unity

Washington, DC, August 2023 – One Common Unity (OCU) proudly announces Jake Frelick, LICSW as the new Senior Director of Programs. Jake is a licensed independent clinical social worker and youth development professional.  Jake worked as the Arts, Leadership, and Health Manager at a community-based organization in Chicago called Alternatives.  Jake received his Masters degree…

Fly by Light Summer Showcase 2023

Fly By Light 2023 Summer Showcase Recap

Thank you to everybody who attended this year’s Fly By Light Summer Showcase! It was an amazing evening filled with lively, heartfelt performances from the Fly By Light youth and staff. Special shout out to Roosevelt High School for allowing us to use their auditorium! The lineup of performers included: You can check out a…


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