WHY WE'RE HERE
Mission and Strategy
"To organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future."
Simply put, we strive to build and exercise youth power. When we are successful in encouraging youth to get involved, the entire community benefits. According to our research, youth engagement within decision-making creates more effective representation, fosters pluralistic leadership, and strengthens democratic institutions. Socially, youth experience greater self-awareness, positive identity development and social bonding, and a sense of purpose. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Our general strategy is to build youth power in areas predominantly occupied by adults to benefit young people and the community as a whole. We seek innovative and effective ways to create new pathways in sociopolitical systems that increase the influence wielded by the next generation of leaders and citizens, emphasizing issues that disproportionately affect young people.
WHAT WE'RE MADE OF
Authentic & Passionate
We value authenticity and passion in the work we do. By acting with integrity and remaining impact-driven, we constantly put these values into practice.
Mentors & Coalition-builders
We play the role of mentors and coalition-builders in our communities. We can achieve the most by collaborating, openly sharing resources, and fostering robust networks.
Justice-seeking & people-centered
Justice-seeking and people-centered perspectives are the lenses through which we perceive the world. They help us keep our highest priorities in clear view.
Meet the Team
Our team is the heartbeat of our organization, and our passion and drive are at the core of our success. Connect with and get to know the individuals who work tirelessly to create a better future for all.
OUR TEAM IN ACTION
A short recap video from 2022-2023 showcasing how we work to build youth power across California.
Our March Pro-Housing rally. Featured in ABC10, CBS8, NBC7, and the Times of San Diego, we surged to the stage bringing diverse voices into the community planning process.
We are professional and youthful. Our brand demonstrates that youth are capable and powerful while maintaining their playful and imaginative nature. At OTTA United, this powerful combination generates unique innovation.
Our presence is a statement, and we have the experience, skills, and drive to back it up. We strategically shape the future ahead of us. In our communities, we are trailblazers for youth in spaces where they are not welcomed or considered.
We inspire others and ourselves. Our creativity leads to our passion and ideas. We embody our youthfulness, using our energy and enthusiasm to collaborate with community members and challenge the unjust.