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  • Pride | OTTA United

    YOU OTTA BE YOU. CELEBRATING YOU “Love wins.” You’ve all heard it. Well, we want to make it happen. OTTA United is committed to empowering youth, and it would be an injustice to not advocate for the historically disadvantaged queer youth community. Our organization employs people of all genders and sexualities, but our desire for inclusivity extends beyond the workplace. This year, OTTA United is participating in San Diego Pride on July 16th and 17th to join our community in celebrating our identities. You too can be a part of this! Sign up to march below, and always remember: You OTTA be you. JOIN US AT SAN DIEGO PRIDE San Diego Pride is a celebration of the queer community and the influential roles held by queer activists and leaders. ​ As proud members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, OTTA United is excited to participate in this year's parade. We encourage our community to sign up and march with us to show your support. ​ When: July 16th at 9 AM Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave & Normal St Goodies: OTTA Shirt, Poster, & Sticker (see right) SIGN UP Pride is a celebration, but it is also a powerful demonstration of collective power and collective action. It is a demonstration of a world where love always prevails over hate, where pain is soothed by community, and where diversity is our strength . That is why Pride means so much to me, and why I am honored to receive the 2022 Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award from San Diego Pride. Please join me, Our Time to Act United, and our wonderful community in marching in the Pride Parade on July 16th . ​ — Aidan Lin, Executive Director CHECK OUT OUR INSTAGRAM! WE'RE PROUD OF OUR NEWSLETTER! SUBSCRIBE JOIN OUR LIST! Please enter your email and name. Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter!

  • 2022 Winter Gala – A Sky Full of Stars | OTTA United

    YOU ARE INVITED: This was a monumental year for Our Time to Act United. From advocating for equitable representation of districts during redistricting, to joining our community for San Diego Pride, to enhancing youth and API civic engagement, we have had the privilege of serving our community and seeing our impact firsthand uplift youth. And now it is time to celebrate! We extend a humble invitation to attend our 2022 First Annual Gala: A Sky Full of Stars . We hope you can join us for a night full of excitement, including food from local businesses, a project showcase highlighting this year's efforts, and keynote speakers Aidan Lin, OTTA United's Executive Director, and San Diego's Mayor, Todd Gloria. When: December 11th | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Multi Purpose Room, in the Student Services Center, at UC San Diego SEE TICKET PRICES BUY YOUR TICKET WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU! BUY YOUR TICKET

  • Youth Power | OTTA United | United States

    Check out our organization's press releases. OUR NEWS OUR MISSION OTTA's mission is to organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. Learn more OUR VALUES We are a youth-founded organization that values authenticity and passion. We are coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. Learn more OTTA BLURBS A variety of articles, blogs, and quick reads written by our team. OTTA United Oct 13 3 min Meet OTTA: Aidan Lin 79 11 likes. Post not marked as liked 11 JOIN OUR COMMUNITY JOIN OUR TEAM NEWSLETTER DONATE PRESS RELEASES

  • Events | OTTA United

    EVENTS Upcoming Events 2022 Winter Gala: A Sky Full of Stars Sun, Dec 11 Multi Purpose Room at UC San Diego Dec 11, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST Multi Purpose Room at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA We extend a humble invitation to attend our 2022 Winter Gala Fundraiser: A Sky Full of Stars. We hope you can join us for a night full of excitement, including food from local businesses, a project showcase highlighting this year's efforts, and keynote speakers. Buy Tickets

  • Scott Warren

    < Back Scott Warren Board Director Scott Warren is an experienced practitioner and scholar in youth political engagement, and the new Youth Civic/Political Engagement and Leadership Specialist working at DDI in the ID Hub. He comes to USAID from the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he started Democracy Moves, an international network of youth activists, organizations, and scholars pushing for democratic change in their own communities. As part of this work, he was the primary author of Walking the Walk, a report that details how young people are frustrated with traditional institutional politics, but engaging with democracy in new, creative ways. scott.warren@ottaunited.org

  • People

    Team Members Aidan Lin Executive Director Read More Andrew Park Core Staff Read More Ken Fesler Associate Executive Director Read More Tommy Jung Director of Operations Read More Apurv Gupta Director of Services Read More Benjamin Wang AVEP Researcher Read More Rachel Choy Assistant Director of Communications Read More Janice Park President Read More Aashika Srinivas Policy Analyst Read More Hadil Salih Executive Assistant Read More Allison Park Treasurer Read More Donovan Schipper API Voter Engagement Project Coordinator Read More Isaac Lara Director of Communications Read More McKayla Dasha Sarmiento AVEP Researcher Read More Iris Leung President Read More Ria Maheshwari Vice President Read More Samyak Jain Secretary Read More Manu Agni Board Director Read More Gabrielle Darisme Ethics & Policy Chair Read More Oliver Lin Board Director Read More

  • Aashika Srinivas

    < Back Aashika Srinivas Policy Analyst Prior to that, he co-founded and was the CEO of Generation Citizen, a pre-eminent civics education organization that promoted experiential Action Civics education across the United States through teacher-training and advocacy. aashika.srinivas@ottaunited.org

  • Andrew Park

    < Back Andrew Park Core Staff ​ andrew.park@ottaunited.org

  • Press Releases

    Press Releases OTTA United and community partners host a local candidate forum at UC San Diego Oct 24, 2022 OTTA United celebrates three new board directors, two youth and one youth ally Oct 9, 2022 Manu Agni, OTTA Board Director, participates in Voice of San Diego's Politifest as a panelist Oct 8, 2022 OTTA United at San Diego Planning Commission for University City Plan Update Sep 29, 2022 OTTA United nominated for the Midcoast Award at Circulate San Diego's Momentum Awards Sep 14, 2022 OTTA United helps pass Community Planning Group Reform at San Diego City Council Sep 13, 2022 Aidan Lin, Executive Director, awarded "2022 Community Service Award" from SD Pride Jun 30, 2022 Aidan Lin, Executive Director, awarded "Bridge Builder of the Year" for API Heritage Month May 19, 2022 Aashika Srinivas, Policy Analyst, presents redistricting reform research to SD City Council Apr 20, 2022 OP-ED: The San Diego redistricting process protected the status quo. We need change Dec 13, 2021 OP-ED: Students are making waves in redistricting. San Diego should listen Nov 2, 2021 New year, new faces. Meet some of the new leaders of our organization Jan 9, 2021 1 1 ... 1 ... 1

  • OTTA United celebrates three new board directors, two youth and one youth ally

    < Back OTTA United celebrates three new board directors, two youth and one youth ally Sunday, October 9, 2022 Our Time to Act United After confirmation at our October 9th Board Meeting, OTTA United is honored to welcome three new volunteers to our Board of Directors: Leana Cortez, Former OTTA United Advocacy Director & Clean4Kids Board Member Abbey Reuter , Former OTTA United Advocacy Director & current Community Representative for County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Scott Warren , Co-founder and former CEO of Generation Citizen & current Youth Civic/Political Engagement and Leadership Specialist at USAID These individuals bring incredible lived experiences, unique perspectives, and the right mindset to our organization. Together, with their diversity and skills, we are better equipped to tackle our mission to "organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future." Previous Next

  • OTTA United and community partners host a local candidate forum at UC San Diego

    < Back OTTA United and community partners host a local candidate forum at UC San Diego Monday, October 24, 2022 Our Time to Act United On Monday, October 24th, OTTA United was pleased to welcome candidates for City Council District 6 and candidates for Office 35 of the San Diego County Superior Court to the Triton's Choice Candidate Forum. Although City Council District 6 candidates Kent Lee and Tommy Hough and Office 35 of the San Diego County Superior Court candidates Rebecca Kanter and Mike Murphy were all invited and confirmed to attend the Triton's Choice Candidate Forum, Tommy Hough and Mike Murphy were unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. After all of OTTA United’s hard work and dedication, over 80 tritons were able to come and speak to local San Diego candidates, representing a resounding victory for student engagement in local politics. Leaders from the Youth Voter Engagement Project (YVEP), one of OTTA United’s project initiatives, worked tirelessly to bring this successful UC San Diego candidate forum to fruition. Nicole Lillie and Yvania Rubio, the Project Director and Assistant Project Director of YVEP, provided a space for dialogue between candidates and UC San Diego students so as to encourage mutual interaction and mitigate voter roll-off. According to William K. Hall of Bradley University, voter roll-off refers to “voters who cast ballots in the major partisan race such as president, governor, or U.S. Senator, but who do not cast their votes in [down-ballot elections such as] the judicial election.” Through the space that was provided, elected officials were able to speak about the importance of the city council and superior court races and why students should pay attention to these particular elections, with the intention of bridging any potential gaps in understanding about local candidates and forging confident young voters. Hosted at UC San Diego by OTTA United and our partner student organizations at UC San Diego, we called upon candidates to listen to students’ voices, and local San Diego candidates stepped up to the plate. As we celebrate the success of the Triton’s Choice candidate forum, OTTA will continue to champion student voices and listen to youth needs. Thank you to our collaborators for making this event possible, including: Associated Students of UC San Diego, Office of Local Affairs Graduate & Professional Student Association Seventh College Student Council Eleanor Roosevelt College Student Council Thurgood Marshall College Student Council Previous Next