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  • March Against Gun Violence in Downtown San Diego

    < Back March Against Gun Violence in Downtown San Diego Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Our Time to Act United On Tuesday, March 14th, youth, parents, and concerned citizens gathered to March Against Gun Violence. Previous Next

  • Press Releases

    Press Releases Press Conference and Rally: The University Community is Pro-Housing Mar 11, 2023 OTTA United & students play a major role in successful push for more housing in San Diego Feb 15, 2023 OP-ED: "More Housing, For Us and Our Climate" by Nicole Lillie, Housing Projects Director Feb 6, 2023 Aidan Lin appointed by California Senate to new state-wide Youth Empowerment Commission Jan 18, 2023 Two young leaders, Nicole Lillie and Yvania Rubio, take new leadership roles on staff team Jan 17, 2023 Aidan Lin and OTTA United featured in State of the City Speech by SD Mayor Gloria Jan 11, 2023 OTTA United hosts first-ever gala in December 2022 with awards, food, and celebration Dec 11, 2022 OTTA United holds multi-day, organization-wide retreat in San Diego Dec 10, 2022 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 1 2 1 ... 1 2 ... 2

  • Donate | OTTA United

    Help us organize the future in the present WHY GIVE? BECOME A MEMBER OTHER WAYS TO GIVE MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION BECOME A MEMBER Why become a member? Without you, we can't tap into the passion, creativity, and out-of-the-box perspective that youth bring to the table. Last year, we recruited hundreds of youth to make a brighter future possible. We need your help in order to continue this work. Why monthly or yearly? We ask for a recurring donation because our work is an ongoing effort — day to day, month to month, and year to year. We need consistent resources to deliver sustained results, and we want to foster a robust relationship with you to take meaningful strides toward achieving our mission. Membership levels BECOME A MEMBER PEEP Invitation to quarterly members-only "Coffee Chats!" $5/mo $60/yr FRIEND Invitation to quarterly members-only "Coffee Chats!" 50% off of our Annual Gala Ticket ($50 value) $15/mo $180/yr SUPPORTER Invitation to quarterly members-only "Coffee Chats!" 1 Annual Gala Ticket ($100 value) Behind-the-scenes content of our youth-led organizing $25/mo $300/yr ADVOCATE Invitation to our quarterly members-only "Coffee Chats!" 2 Annual Gala Tickets and special recognition as Gala Co-Host ($350 value) Behind-the-scenes content of our youth-led organizing Invitation to quarterly "Roundtable Discussions" with Staff & Board Leadership Public recognition on our website (Optional) $50/mo $600/yr Goals for March 2023 In order to provide stability for our nonprofit, we set membership goals every month. Become a member today to help us reach our goals and fund our cause! New members (out of 100) Raised (out of $10,000)

  • Other Ways to Give | OTTA United

    Help us organize the future in the present WHY GIVE? BECOME A MEMBER OTHER WAYS TO GIVE Looking for other ways to give? The best way to support our work is to become a member . But if that's not for you, we welcome and appreciate other ways to support our cause. Action hub for alternative giving: If you'd like to make a one-time donation, it's simple and easy. MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION For other types of giving listed below, please reach out to Aidan Lin, Executive Director, at . ​ Major Gifts In-Kind Donations Corporate Sponsorships Foundation Grants Donating your time If you are interested in giving your time through volunteering, the best way to let us know is to sign up for our newsletter and check the "volunteering" box as one of your interests. Share our cause with your network The easiest way to help us fundraise is to share our cause with your friends, family, and colleagues. Fundraisers that are shared on social networks raise up to 5 times more. Our youth organizing is depending on it!

  • Aidan Lin

    < Back Aidan Lin Executive Director Aidan (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of OTTA United and a Political Science student at the University of California, San Diego. He co-founded OTTA United in 2018, which has risen as a powerful youth engagement, advocacy, and organizing nonprofit in the Bay Area and San Diego. As Executive Director, Aidan leads the staff team, change-making initiatives, development, and expansion. Outside of OTTA, he serves on the new California State Youth Empowerment Commission advising the State Legislature and Governor. Aidan has received recognition for his work in the community, including the 2022 Community Service Award from San Diego Pride and the 2022 Bridge Builder of the Year from the API Leaders of the Year Awards. He also works under the Valuing Open and Inclusive Conversation and Engagement (VOICE) Grant from the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement conducting research and youth organization empowerment. He is looking forward to continuing to serve his communities in the nonprofit sector for the years to come.

  • Andrew Park

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  • Isaac Lara

    < Back Isaac Lara Director of Communications Isaac Lara holds a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology and Global Health, and is currently a graduate student studying Global Health at the University of California, San Diego. He officially joined OTTA United in December 2021 as the Assistant Director of Outreach. In the past, Isaac received the Excellence in Promoting Mental Health and Distinguished Senior Service Awards, along with recognition from various organizations for his dedication and service. Isaac enjoys going to music festivals, trying new food and boba spots, reading, and spending time with his yorkie in his free time.

  • Abbey Reuter

    < Back Abbey Reuter Board Director Abbey currently works for Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors as a Policy Associate for land use and environment as well as youth issues. She previously served for a year and a half as a Community Representative for Supervisor Fletcher. Her other experiences include working with the San Diego City Council as a Management Intern in District 7 and serving as the Associate Vice President of Local Affairs in student government at UC San Diego. Abbey had also previously served as the Advocacy Director for Our Time to Act United and was thrilled to continue working with this amazing team as a board member. She is passionate about creating positive change for our society, especially for youth. In her free time, she lives to do sewing projects and read.

  • 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.

  • Sparky Mitra

    < Back Sparky Mitra API Voter Engagement Project Director Aishwarya (Sparky) Mitra (she/her) is a Bioengineering student at the University of California San Diego. Hailing from Texas, she currently resides in California, where in her free time she serves as the University of California San Diego College Democrats’ President and the California College Democrats’ Vice President. Sparky has organized public comments and rallies in San Diego with the help of unexpected allies in unexpected places, gathering 200+ students and community members at each rally. Additionally, she has worked in many capacities with organizations such as March for Our Lives Texas as a translator, OTTA United as their API Voter Empowerment Project Director, her university newspaper, the UCSD Guardian, as their Opinion Editor/Section Lead with articles garnering upwards of 40,000 interactions, her student government, and various professional bioengineering societies such as the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering serving as an Executive Board member. Her primary focuses include advocating for housing justice, common-sense gun reform, reproductive rights, voting rights and access to education through equity-centered direct actions, and legislation.

  • Rachel Choy

    < Back Rachel Choy Assistant Director of Communications Rachel Choy (she/her) is working towards a career in brand marketing. She joined OTTA United in April 2021 as the Graphic Designer and became the Assistant Director of Communications in July 2022. Throughout her time at OTTA United, she has seen the implications of and needs for visual communications to create impactful changes. Some of her work includes leading social media and website content projects, collaborating with departments for marketing campaigns, and rebranding the organization. Outside of OTTA United, Rachel is studying for a major in Marketing and a double minor in Graphic Design and Retail Studies at Santa Clara University (SCU). Rachel is also Co-Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union at SCU. Here, she fosters community by providing spaces, resources, and events for API students. Furthermore, Rachel is currently a Marketing Intern for Noble Health where she researches social media strategies and designs promotional content revolving around mental health therapy.