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  • About Us | OTTA United

    ABOUT US OUR MISSION & STRATEGY Simply put, we strive to empower youth. 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 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. OUR TEAM LEARN MORE 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. GET INVOLVED

  • Youth Empowerment Nonprofit | OTTA United | United States

    Check out our organization's press releases. OUR NEWS OUR MISSION By creating opportunities and experiences through our development programs, OTTA United enables youth to effect meaningful change for pressing problems faced by our communities. Learn more OUR VALUES OTTA United is a youth-founded organization that values authenticity and passion. We play the role of coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. Learn more HIGHLIGHT Through the opportunities and experiences created by services and advocacy, we enable youth to effect meaningful change on pressing problems faced by our communities. Check out one of our highlights below! Redistricting in San Diego In 2021, OTTA United partnered with other community organizations to increase minority representation across San Diego. In particular, OTTA United was interested in increasing AAPI and student representation in city politics. ​ We partnered with 40+ community organizations and organized 120+ students to redistricting commission hearings. Ultimately, we increased the AAPI % of District 6 to over 40%. More Info JOIN OUR COMMUNITY JOIN OUR TEAM NEWSLETTER DONATE PRESS RELEASES

  • Momentum | OTTA United

    In our first supporting campaign, Momentum 20.20K We raised a total of $9,906.51. Thank you for your support. Continue to support us by making a donation!

  • Events | OTTA United

    EVENTS San Diego Pride It's time for PRIDE in San Diego. Aidan Lin, our Executive Director, has been awarded the Community Service Award and is bringing OTTA along for the ride! Join us in marching at the front of the pride parade on July 16th — and get some free OTTA-themed goodies! Learn more March with us

  • 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!

  • Get Involved | OTTA United

    Empowering the next generation of leaders Join Our Team OTTA United is a passionate team comprised of youth leaders, youth allies, and partners who enable us to further empower our communities. We offer job opportunities across various disciplines including community organizing, outreach, internal development, and more. JOB OPENINGS Support Our Cause A large part of our financial base comes from generous, individual donations. A contribution of any amount is highly welcome and goes toward advancing our mission. DONATE If you would like to send cash or check*, please mail to: ​ Our Time to Act United 3252 Holiday Court, Suite 103, San Diego, CA, 92037 ​ *Please make checks payable to Our Time to Act United

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    < Back Tommy Jung Director of Operations ​ tommy.jung@ottaunited.org

  • Assistant Director of the Local Leaders Program

    < Back to Open Positions Assistant Director of the Local Leaders Program South Bay Area Volunteer Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. Apply Now About the Role The Assistant Director of Local Leaders directs the Local Leaders program, a hands-on community project designed to empower high school students in partnership with Title 1 schools. They are responsible for coordination between the Local Leader program’s Site Coordinators, Program Managers, and members. Additionally, they oversee our middle school tutoring program. Requirements Prior relevant experience preferred. Demonstrates ability to develop a curriculum and guide the development of a target audience. Exemplifies strong leadership qualities. High school student or beyond. 8-10 hours, 2-3 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. About the Organization While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. Apply Now

  • Advocate Academy Program Manager

    < Back to Open Positions Advocate Academy Program Manager South Bay Area Volunteer Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. Apply Now About the Role Program Managers for the Advocate Academy support the Advocate Academy. This role is tasked with further developing our academy's curriculum, marketing this opportunity to potential participants, securing speakers and guest teachers, and directly teaching classes to equip youth with the skills they need to become effective advocates. Requirements No prior experience required. Demonstrates ability to teach educational material. High school student or beyond. 6-8 hours, 1-2 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. About the Organization While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. Apply Now

  • Stories from the Earth Event

    Stories from the Earth Event ADMIN 4/20/2021 On April 30th, join us at 6PM to hear from three different storytellers on why we should care for the environment and the Earth we live on. Life is filled with all sorts of stories—short and long, small and big, happy and sad—from different perspectives. Now, you get a front-row seat to three storytellers as they tell, in three different ways, why it's so important to care for the Earth. Join us on Friday, April 30th at 6PM to hear moving stories from the Earth. Stories from the Earth is one event of Our Time To Act United's "Rise & Shine: Spring Fundraising Campaign." Proceeds from this event will fund our brand new youth empowerment programs, as well as other Earth and environmental causes. Ticket sales and donations will be matched by sponsors for this event! < Previous News Next News >