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Empowering Community Leaders: One Common Unity and NAARC’s Training on Vicarious Trauma

May 31, 2024
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On May 28, 2024, One Common Unity’s Peace Together division, led by Luisa Marino (Program Manager), Johneé Wilson (Director of Training), and Hermione Rhones (OST Senior Program Facilitator), partnered with the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens (NAARC) and their Cure the Streets team. The collaboration aimed to facilitate a day-long training on…

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Johneé Wilson is Now The Director of Training at One Common Unity

Johneé Wilson Named Director of Training at One Common Unity

February 23, 2024
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Washington, DC, February 23, 2024 – One Common Unity (OCU) proudly announces Johneé Wilson as their new Director of Training. Johneé dedicates herself to work at the intersection of global service, youth leadership development, and creative storytelling. She co-designed resiliency models for youth leadership and wellness programs with nonprofits in Abuja and Lagos and returned…

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Ashlyn Hary, Director of Community Based Behavioral Health at One Common Unity, Advocates for the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

February 23, 2024
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Washington, DC, February 23, 2024 – One Common Unity’s Director of Community Based Behavioral Health, Ashlyn Harty, provided testimony on behalf of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) as they presented at a city council performance oversight hearing on February 14th, 2024.  ONSE has been a close partner of One Common Unity’s Peace…

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Peace Together: What Is It & How Can You Bring It To Your Community?

October 27, 2023
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One Common Unity’s Peace Together intervention, funded by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, aims to create safe spaces where young people can utilize their creativity and self-expression skills to heal from violent incidents.  The Peace Together staff collaborates with trusted adults in the community of the youth that have been impacted by…

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Marina T. Eisenberg Named Senior Director of Finance and Administration at One Common Unity

October 23, 2023
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Washington, DC, October 23, 2023 – One Common Unity (OCU) proudly announces Marina Eisenberg as their new Senior Director of Finance and Administration. A mission-driven nonprofit leader, Marina has dedicated her career to developing efficient systems, building strategic infrastructure, and expanding access for students and families from underserved communities. Impacted by her experience of growing…

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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

August 8, 2023
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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…

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Fly by Light Summer Showcase 2023

Fly By Light 2023 Summer Showcase Recap

July 12, 2023
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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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Fly By Light 2023 Summer Showcase

Fly By Light Summer Showcase to be held June 7, 2023

May 18, 2023
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Washington, DC, May 2023 – One Common Unity (OCU) is thrilled to announce our annual Fly By Light Summer Showcase, to be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 6:00 pm ET in the atrium of Roosevelt High School.  Audience members will experience the arts in action as youth from various wards of DC give…

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

November 28, 2022
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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…

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Get to know Kim Y. Jones

November 17, 2022
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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.

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