STORY #19: OCU’s Intention Room®

Our students are returning to school after an extremely challenging year, one in which many have grappled with extreme stress and trauma. More than ever, we need to support youth, not punish them, when they are faced with difficulty.

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STORY #18: OCU’s “DC-Deep” Model

“It is so thrilling to start with a small idea or concept, then to come together and combine our strengths and resources to create something bigger and more beautiful than we could have imagined.” ~ Michele, OCU School-Based Mental Health Clinician One Common Unity (OCU) and DCPS’ Perry Street Preparatory (PSP) Public Charter School began…

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STORY #17: The Power of Retreat

What’s so special about retreats? One Common Unity’s retreats are where some of the most transformative magic happens. It’s a significant component of our curriculum and something that makes our program stand apart. Students can really immerse themselves, allowing the values and tools we teach to become lifelong allies. We can plan for months to…

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STORY #15: Environmental Leadership Pillar

“Our young people are not just the leaders of the future, they are the leaders of today. We hope that through this pillar they build personal relationships with the planet and an understanding of the interdependence between the health of the planet and the health of our communities.” -Madison OCU’s fifth pillar is Environmental Leadership.…

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STORY #13: Social Justice Pillar

“Social justice is the idea that human beings, institutions, and systems can be reborn and reshaped to make marginalized groups better off without making others worse off.”  – Johneé Johneé Wilson is a program facilitator and National Training Organizer at One Common Unity. She creates interactive and dynamic learning experiences for middle and high school…

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STORY #12: Love Yourself

“Don’t let anyone dim your light or make you feel like less than what you are. Self-Love is the best love, and we should all practice it each and every day as much as we can!” Shardia Strowbridge is a One Common Unity (OCU) Fly By Light (FBL) Alumni Facilitator. She is one of the…

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STORY #10: Peace & Positivity

My name is Delvin, but you can call me Del. I’m from D.C. and attended middle and high school at CHEC. The first time I connected with One Common Unity (OCU) was during my middle school days. OCU had started an afterschool program, Fly By Light, which I grew interested in. In the program, my peers and…

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CUENTO #9: Volar Por La Luz

Kamisraki a todos leyendo, mi nombre es Jair, pero mis estudiantes me dicen “Mr. Ja” o “Mr. Yahir.” Soy un organizador indígena que lucha contra el cambio climático y por la justicia social. También soy facilitador del programa Volar por La Luz que se lleva a cabo en varias escuelas dentro del distrito.  Volar por La…

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STORY #9: Latinx Fly By Light (English Version)

Kamisraki to everyone reading this, my name is Jair, and to some students, I’m known as “Mr. Ja” or “Mr. Yahir.” I’m an indigenous community organizer and advocate in the multiple struggles for climate and social justice. I am also a program facilitator for the Fly By Light program across multiple schools in the District. Hola!…

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