October Newsletter

Dear OYUnited Members,

We encourage you to join us tomorrow, October 28 for our third Criminal Justice Townhall!

This month we’re also excited to announce our first class of OYUnited Fellows. In addition, the Boston Community Action Team has been at work empowering youth through film, and our Re-Entry Action Committee (RAC) had the opportunity to discuss the bill that would End Life without Parole with Policy Director of MA State Representative Decker.

Lastly, check out the opportunities section for job opportunities, fellowships, and other ways to stay involved.

Beyond the Bars III: Criminal Justice Policy 101

Join us for our third Criminal Justice Townhall on Thursday, October 28th at 6PM ET with policy consultant Marlén Mendoza. You’ll be able to practice drafting a policy agenda that centers around your lived experience, and learn how to gradually move their issue from advocacy to action using the Advocacy Framework.

Help us spread the word about our upcoming townhall using our social media toolkit here!

Meet the OYUnited Fellows

We’re excited to announce our first class of OYUnited Fellows! These 8 young people will work collectively to empower and support opportunity youth, young people between the ages of 16-24 who are out of school and/or work, to become civic leaders and changemakers in their communities and beyond.

The OYUnited Re-Entry Action Committee (RAC) in Action

On August 30, 2021, the OYUnited Re-Entry Action Committee (RAC) led a project for the annual Harvard Global Day of Service for incoming students. Expert speakers from several organizations joined us for the training in advocacy principles, action steps, and the use of social media. In addition, the whole group met virtually with the Policy Director of MA State Representative Decker, to ask her to support the bill that would End Life without Parole.

Boston CAT: Teen Empowerment Rocks!

This year, Teen Empowerment youth developed, scripted, directed, produced, and starred in their own original film, SENSELESS SMOKE – and created an amazing soundtrack! Through SENSELESS SMOKE, you will witness the talent of our youth, hear their message for peace through their own words, music, experiences, realities – and their vision for change. Join them in Boston on November 6th to to watch the film!


  • NYEC Conference: NYEC is hosting our 2021 Annual Forum on December 1-3. The Forum will bring together hundreds of young adult leaders, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders in the youth field. Over three days attendees should expect dynamic and engaging sessions that emphasize discussion and peer learning, Register for the convening.
  • CJJ Emerging Leaders Council: Are you passionate about improving the youth legal system? Join CJJ’s Emerging Leaders Committee! Anyone ages 16 to 24 who is passionate about reforming the youth legal system can become a member of the ELC. Apply Now.
  • New Power Project Job Opening: New Power Project is hiring a Recruitment Manager to join our team and help recruit the next generation of servant leaders to lead our communities and country. Learn more.
  • National Council of Young Leaders: The deadline to apply to join OYUnited’s National Council of Young Leaders is next week! If you are a young leader interested in joining a movement and platform that supports intergenerational movement building, while building professional, social, and leadership skills, we would love to have you apply. (And if you are connected with young leaders that may be a fit, please encourage them to apply!) Apply Now.

In partnership,

Lashon Amado and the OYUnited team