Entries by Danielle Varner

Are you ready to vote? 🗳

Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! — the day to register to vote (or double check your registration) and make sure your families and friends are registered. Read our Full September 22nd newsletter here for voting tools and more! Read the full newsletter   |  Subscribe

OYUnited: Black Lives Matter – PERIOD!

“OYUnited stands with all of you and the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight for equity and justice.” This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter addresses the Black Lives Matter Movement and how we aim to rise, show up, use our voices, and mostly importantly, take action. Read the full archived June 8 newsletter here. Read […]

OYUnited: Census, COVID-19, and More News!

By Lashon Amado “There has been a lot of movement on the federal level around this pandemic. Bills are being passed and leaders are stepping up in various ways…” This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter includes updates on federal policy, the Census 2020 questionnaire, local action, fellowship, job opportunities and more! Read the full archived April […]

OYUnited: Get Ready for SUPER Tuesday!

By: Lashon Amado “It’s primary season and a big election year. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and it is time to have your voice heard! Elected officials only listen to the people who vote, and we have issues in our communities that we need them to address!” This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter is a call to […]

Philadelphia 2019 Convening: Takeaways by Kimberly Pham

Sent as a newsletter from The Aspen Institute: For our next and final post-convening reflection, we have collaborated with Kimberly Pham, a national activist and youth leader with Philadelphia-based Project U-Turn, and a member of Opportunity Youth United. Read below for her reflections and experience of the Opportunity Youth Forum 2019 Philadelphia Spring Convening, which […]

OYUnited: Gearing Up for 2020!

By: Lashon Amado “As part of planning for 2020, we started the process of revising our “Recommendations to Increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America,” which will include input from the OYUnited Community Action Teams and Community Leaders.” This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter highlights the National Council Annual Retreat in Puerto Rico, the new Politics Leadership Academy’s […]

OYUnited: Summer Action!

By: Lashon Amado On July 24, 2019,  OYUnited Leaders Jamiel Alexander, Ryan Dalton, Shanice Turner, Lena McKnight and Yocasta Jimenez, presented at the JobsFirst NYC “Adapting to the Future of Work – Raising Youth Voices” event. This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter provides more information on the “Raising Youth Voices” event, the latest OYUSpeaks podcast, local action […]


By: Lashon Amado The National Council of Young Leaders of OYUnited developed the Recommendations for Increasing Opportunity and Decreasing Poverty in America as the basis for our movement.We are preparing to update the Recommendations for 2020. We are inviting input from all our members who are current or former Opportunity Youth. This issue of OYUnited’s e-newsletter encourages […]

OYUnited: Building Power Across the Nation!

By: Lashon Amado “Eleven members of OYUnited’s National Council and local leaders met on May 8 with Commissioners Alan Khazei and Steve Barton of the National Commission for Military, National, and Public Service to present our recommendations on how to expand and improve national service for opportunity youth, and how to create innovative community-based initiatives within […]

OYUnited: Opportunity Alert!

By: Lashon Amado “With unemployment at record lows, American companies are looking for new ways to find and hire great talent. Meanwhile, there are more than 4.5 million young people in America who are out of school and unemployed—or roughly one in nine youth who are disconnected from our economy.” This issue of OYU’s e-newsletter […]