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

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

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 2023 Summer Showcase Recap

Fly by Light Summer Showcase 2023

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 Summer Showcase to be held June 7, 2023

Fly By Light 2023 Summer Showcase

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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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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