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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION & STRATEGY
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"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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
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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.

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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.

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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.

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OUR TEAM
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NOW WHAT?

Thank you for taking interest in our organization! Check out how to get involved below, or reach out to us at hello@ottaunited.org for any questions.