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At United Roots we work with marginalized youth in socially innovative ways. We offer leadership, arts, and media programs that engage issues of social change aligned with green environmental justice movements and movements addressing the digital divide.'Socially innovative' for us is about providing alternative education platforms that encourage self-sufficiency while also inspiring a 'giving back' to ourselves and local communities. This work is about building successful partnerships as individuals, as organizations, and as diverse communities in order to even out the playing field by changing how we relate to each other and the world. It's about forming better and different alliances with schools and businesses. It's about using arts and media to address root issues (education equality, economic empowerment, health and sustainability) in powerful ways that also promote flourishing local economies.
At the moment, we are cultivating through our arts for social change model a "can do" attitude for youth. Our primary purpose is to:
1. Get young people off the streets
Our aspirations for the coming years are to build partnerships and alliances to:
2. Create fundamentally new economic opportunities 3. Change cultural dialogue around major root issues
We are looking for investing visionaries that recognize real change as a mutual process of exchange between those of us on the ground with those of us who have the privilege to think bigger in order to create together a hands on approach for cross fertilization that is the only choice of action if we want to see a future for all communities to thrive.
Our ten-year track record working in the streets through community engagement using arts and media, along with our social innovation inspired philosophy, positions us uniquely to effectively enlist and impact communities traditionally left out.