Who We Are

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COUNCIL

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YOUNG LEADERS

OYU began with the National Council of Young Leaders, a diverse group of 20 former Opportunity Youth from urban, rural, and tribal communities across the country who had risen into leadership through our own sponsoring organizations.

COMMUNITY ACTION TEAMS

OYU Community Action Teams (CATs) are local coalitions of young leaders and youth-serving organizations that mobilize to uplift their voices in the political process. The CATs are each led by a highly respected local anchor organization selected by OYU staff in consultation with local community leaders.

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COMMUNITY LEADERS

OYU Community Leaders are young adults who grew up facing poverty, transcended those conditions, and have demonstrated extraordinary individual catalytic leadership, building local constituencies, organizations, or events dedicated to opportunity and responsibility for all. Community Leaders are nominated by Sponsoring Organizations.

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OUR STAFF

Opportunity Youth United is staffed by a small and diverse team of dedicated professionals who share the vision and principles of OYU’s National Council of Young Leaders.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

The non-profit organizations that have sponsored members of the National Council of Young Leaders are mostly national organizations that have built superb education, job-training, and service programs across the country for Opportunity Youth. They participated in the National Council’s decision to build a broad-based movement and regularly assist with key strategic decisions.

FUNDERS

We are grateful for the foundations and individuals that believe in strengthening the civic voice of young adults and low-income communities and have funded the National Council and Opportunity Youth United since 2012.

PARTNERS

Many organizations share our vision and provide specific resources and platforms for young leaders to grow, learn, unite with others, and strengthen their impact.

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