One Common Unity

  • Washington



2437 15th St Nw, Washington
United States

About Us

One Common Unity (OCU) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, which began in 2000. OCU breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. For 17 years OCU has successfully created spaces to transform the lives of youth and families. Through arts-based peace education in schools, summer youth initiatives and filmmaking, we have reached over 20,500 youth and families with our work. OCU teaches people how to create media, arts, and music that reflect the stories of those working diligently to create communities which honor and respect one another and understand our inherent equality and interdependence. OCU believes violence is a learned behavior, and therefore, if someone can be taught violence, they can also be taught compassion, cooperation, and the skills necessary to create healthy and mutually beneficial relationships.

Since 2000, it has been One Common Unity’s mission to shift the paradigm of violence in our

society. We believe that while we are all responsible for creating a more peaceable world, youth are

the future leaders of this vision. Fly By Light is a dynamic youth development program, that equips

young people, Fly By Light Ambassadors, with the tools needed to transform their own

communities, as well as the larger global community. Our program is structured around five core

pillars. These pillars have been specifically designed to help students find their inner light and use

that light to fly. We believe that these pillars extend beyond the Fly By Light Program, and are traits

that we all can connect to. The Fly By Light core pillars are Artistic Expression, Social Emotional

Literacy, Health and Wellness, Environmental Leadership, and Social Justice.