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  • CYAN | Our Time To Act

    Become a Changemaker. Ever wonder why our systems never seem to change? How we go about pushing for change is just as important as why. Community organizing is one of the only ways to build enough power to challenge — and win — against the status quo. And we have a severe need for youth organizing in our local communities. CYAN Interest Form First Meeting Slides 0 DAYS TO THE EVENT San Diego Pride Festival Jul 20, 2024, 11:00 AM San Diego Register Now Save the Date! Mark your calendar for the Youth Changemakers Summit on September 28-29. Join us for workshops, engaged discussions, and community booths focused on youth power and housing solutions. Thanks to our sponsors, attendance is free! ​ The venue, community partners, and sponsors will be announced soon. Definitions from Oxford Languages COM•MU•NI•TY OR•GAN•IZ•ING noun NORTH AMERICAN the coordination of cooperative efforts and campaigning carried out by local residents to promote the interests of their community. "San Diego's youth citizens are now empowered to transform the housing situation through community organizing" We need more youth activists and leaders. Most adult-led youth programs have small cohorts, focus on specific skills, or fail to address the systems that disadvantage us in the first place. At the same time, many youth-led groups, at no fault of their own, lack the resources and networks to harness the power of collective action. We want to transform the field of youth-led organizing. We want to eradicate the disillusionment, disengagement, and disempowerment we experience as youth. For that, we need you. C IVIC Y OUTH A CTION N ETWORK The CIVIC YOUTH ACTION NETWORK is a program that recruits, trains, and empowers grassroots youth organizers for systems change and a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. LEARN CYAN members gain access to trainings and workshops that teach you how to organize, mobilize, network, give public comment, analyze policy, fundraise, network, and so much more. The overwhelming majority of learning is youth-to-youth — we promise we’ll learn just as much from you as you from us. CREATE CHANGE Member-led collective action campaigns open opportunities in activism and leadership for youth to apply learned skills to better our future. Housing, transportation, social and racial justice, climate action, and inclusive governance are examples of issues CYAN members can advance solutions for. FIND COMMUNITY Perhaps the most cherished part of CYAN is the close community it fosters. There’s something unparalleled about fighting for change together, and it forges strong relationships that are fun, unique, and powerful. " Youth can breach the political realm — they just need knowledge and community." – Ken Fesler, Associate Executive Director of Our Time To Act A GLIMPSE OF OUR ORGANIZING EFFORTS Here are two examples of past organizing projects to give you an insight into what our work is like and how we make an impact. MIDWAY PROJECT In April 2020, we advocated for housing to be the top priority in the Midway development. Through organizing efforts and voicing our opinions in public comments, we were able to create a new map for the redistricting process that better represents the population of San Diego. LEARN MORE HOUSING In September of 2022, we organized youth in University City to fill out the 2022 University City Plan Update Survey to fight for their future within the context of supporting high-density and mixed-use development. ​ We spoke up and mobilized support in front of the San Diego Planning Commission on September 29th, 2022, leading to the reform passing in a 6-1 vote. LEARN MORE IT'S OUR TIME TO ACT UNITED. OUR MISSION THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT ALL ELLIE WANG CYAN Lead Organizer GRAYSON SCIACQUA CYAN Collaborative Learning Chair JASMINE TRUONG CYAN Community Building Chair VEDANT PATEL CYAN Communications Chair STAY IN TOUCH subscribe to newsletter @ottaunited @our time to act united

  • CYAN Conference | Our Time To Act

    CYAN Conference: Youth Changemakers Summit Our Time To Act presents our CYAN Conference on September 28th and 29th! Join us to organize, empower, and unify youth and youth allies and offer an opportunity for the broader community to support youth-led work. CYAN members will engage in collaborative learning, foster community, and select leadership to maximize the long-term potential of youth organizing work in San Diego. RSVP SCHEDULE LOCATION ADMISSION PRICES $100 $25 $250 INFO Co-hosts have the option for a full table for $600. Along with all co-host benefits, you will receive 7 extra tickets for you to bring 7 guests to our gala! (full table typically costs $800) BUY TICKETS price SPONSOR THE EVENT By sponsoring us, you’ll be a large part of our Gala. Even after, you’ll play an active role in supporting Our Time To Act by funding our future events and projects. BECOME A SPONSOR VIEW SPONSOR PACKET CO-HOSTS Martin Campos Judy Ki Kevin Shin Abbey Reuter Tama Becker-Varano Indroneal Banerjee Josh Kavanagh YMCA of San Diego County Leif Gensert SPONSORS San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium San Diego Youth Marina Tostado & Oliver Lin QUOTES FROM OUR BOARD “The gala in three words: inspiring, impressive, and community—there were so many great people we were able to connect with.” “If anyone has the ability to support, empower, or champion youth and have the passion for it, this is for them – it’s so meaningful to invest in the next generation” “I’m grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself, to be involved in youth empowerment and see the impact in communities” Anna Pierce Oliver Lin Gabrielle Darisme A Glimpse into Last Year's Gala 2022's Winter Gala: A Sky Full of Stars celebrated our accomplishments, which could not have been possible without our community. After all, it's only when together that we shine brightly, dazzling the dark night with shimmering stars. View our collection of photos, videos, and blog below. READ MORE

  • Our Time To Act | Building Youth Power

    Learn about our solidarity letter on student's rights and safety. READ MORE WE BELIEVE IN OUR MISSION The future is not something that just happens. It is created with intention, either by the status quo or by the people who dream for something better. Our society is suffering because we — future-shaping youth and youth allies — need more power to solve society's most existential problems: housing unaffordability, lack of public transportation, and neighborhood segregation; inequality of outcomes perpetuating injustice by class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, and more; and the climate crisis and environmental injustice. ​ ​ We organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. Will you join us in forging this ambitious, better future for us and the generations to come? ABOUT US Donate You power our work. Be a change-maker and help us advance our mission. DONATE Youth own the future. We're shaping it now. NAVIGATE TO: Projects Events Support Us OUR STRATEGY Our GOAT change-making model Our Time To Act's dynamic approach to change-making is our "GOAT" Change-Making Model, which encompasses grassroots organizing, advocacy, and training programs. Rooted in the Trifecta Model for Youth Empowerment, we strive to foster a virtuous cycle of adaptation, opportunity, problem-solving, and impact. VIEW ALL PROJECTS VIEW THE TEAM Grassroots Organizing Grassroots organizing is collective action powered by community based leaders and volunteers. HOUSING AVEP YVEP REDISTRICTING MIDWAY PROJECT Advocacy and Research Advocacy is a policy-based change-making using a small, well-trained team of advocates. Trainings and Workshops Trainings empower youth with the experience, network, skills, and resources to be impactful leaders. "Activating Youth" Workshop "Introduction to Advocacy, Mobilizing, and Organizing" Worskhop "How Youth See Themselves, and How the World Sees Them" Workshop GOAT Change-Making Model A COLLECTIVE EFFORT Be Part of the Team If you resonate with your mission or are interested in making an impact, consider joining the OTTA family by applying as a staff or board member! You can learn more about who's on the team here. JOIN THE TEAM FUND A DIFFERENCE Support the Work The biggest bottleneck in accomplishing our goals are funds. Right now, we work completely on a volunteer basis. Help donate today to rise money for resources and labor, enabling youth to make their voices heard. DONATE YOU'RE INVITED TO Upcoming Events Your chance get involved is right around the corner. With many events coming up, this is your opportunity to learn more about us, become involved in your community, and expand your network. July 20-21, 2024: San Diego Pride Festival It's OUR TIME to be OUT and PROUD! March with us at this year's Pride Festival or join us as a volunteer. LEARN MORE View our Past Events Our past events stand as milestones in our mission to create a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. Each event was a unique chapter in our journey, bringing together passionate individuals, inspiring discussions, and unforgettable moments. VIEW MORE Events STAY CONNECTED Make a Change The biggest bottleneck in accomplishing our goals are funds. Right now, we work completely on a volunteer basis. Help donate today to raise money for resources and labor, enabling youth to make their voices heard. Supprort Us Become a Member Join our community as a paying member to enjoy exclusive benefits, network with like-minded individuals, and be a driving force behind our work. Join Today Volunteer Roll up your sleeves and get involved directly in our initiatives. Your time and skills are invaluable in creating a tangible impact on the ground. Sign Up Donate Your contributions fuel our efforts and drive our projects forward. Your financial support ensures we can continue working toward a better future. Donate Today WE HAVE FUTURE PLANS Stay Updated By staying updated, you become an integral part of our mission. Your awareness and engagement contribute to positive change in the world. Here, you'll also discover the incredible impact our community and supporters are making as well as a behind-the-scenes look at our projects, initiatives, and events. Our Newsletter Our newsletter is your gateway to an exclusive world of updates, insights, and inspiring stories. Join our ever-growing community of newsletter subscribers and keep your finger on the pulse of all things happening at Our Time To Act! SUBSCRIBE Press Releases COMMUNITY FEEDBACK We Value Your Opinion We believe that the most valuable insights come directly from our community. Whether you have a question, a brilliant idea, or constructive criticism, we're eager to hear it all. Feedback Form SUBMIT Thanks for submitting!

  • A Glimpse into Our Impact | Our Time To Act

    A Glimpse into Our Impact Here are the highlights of what we've been up to in the past few years. March 2022 - Redistricting Reform At City Council Rules Committee, we presented research and recommendations for redistricting reform in the City of San Diego. April 2022 - Get Out to Vote Campaign Kickoff We had our Get Out To Vote (GOTV) Campaing kickoff for an initiative to increase API voter engagement. April 2022 - Consulting Youth-Led Tennis Clinic Our Time To Act began consulting JAMMA Tennis Clinic, a youth-led non-for-profit, as they scaled up their programs and considered acquiring 501(c)(3) status. June 2022 - Our First Retreat Ever For the first time, Our Time To Act staff and board members gathered in the SF Bay Area for a retreat. July 2022 - Our Time To Act Marches in San Diego Pride Parade Our Time To Act took part in the 2022 San Diego Pride and Festival. Sept. 2022 - Community Planning Reform Alongside Circulate San Diego, we pushed for reform in San Diego’s community planning group (CPG) policies. Reforms were adopted on September 13th, 2022. Oct. 2022 - "Paws-itivitely Ready for the Polls" Event Our Youth Voter Engagement Project (YVEP) held several successful GOTV events by bringing dogs to campus. Our fluffy friends helped us reach thousands of US San Diego students. Oct. 2022 - Co-Hosting local Candidate Forum YVEP co-hosted a local forum for San Diego City Council DIstrict 6 and Office 35 of the San Diego County Superior Court. Over 80 UC San Diego Students attended. Nov. 2022 - 300+ Doors Knocked for the Asian and Pacific Islander Voter Survey Our API Voter Engagement Project (AVEP) knocked over 300 doors in Mira Mesa, San Diego, to survey unregistered voters in our efforts to understand and close the API voter registration gap. Dec. 2022 - Annual Gala: A Sky Full of Stars To cap off the year, we hosted our first-ever annual gala. With the remarks and attendance of local elected officials, 11 co-hosts and three sponsors, and over 75 attendees, this event was an incredible success. Mar. 2023 - Pro-Housing Rally We shifted the narrative by hosting a pro-housing rally, garnering community members to collectively voice their opinions on the street. Mar. 2023 - Mini-Workshop with SEEN@SDHS Aidan Lin, the Executive Director of Our Time To Act, hosted a workshop to Students 4 Education Equity Now. April. 2023 - National Walkout Against Gun Violence Although Gun Violence Prevention is not an official subject Our Time To Act covers, Our Time To Act members passionately march in support. May. 2023 - Housing Listening Session We sat down with community members, discussed our ideas and feelings in regard to the housing situation in San Diego, and created art. June. 2023 - Finding Hope In Housing One month later, we regrouped again, this time with lego pieces. June. 2023 - Radical Candor Workshop We hosted a Radical Candor Workshop, a concept we value and often share with others. June. 2023 - Our First Ever Coffee Chat Members of Our Time To Act gathered together to sip on some coffee while listening to a presentation on how our brand was created. Aug. 2023 - Planning Committee We attended another planning committee to fight for affordable housing and transportation.

  • Gala | Our Time To Act

    2nd Annual Winter Gala: Dawn In The Mountains Our Time To Act proudly presents our 2nd annual gala on January 13th! Join us for our midday celebration of our collective accomplishments. There’ll be delicious food, featured speakers, and project showcases. We can’t wait to see you there. TICKET PRICES BUY TICKETS DATE Saturday, January 13th, 2024 TIME 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT LOCATION The Great Hall at UCSD (9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093) ADMISSION PRICES $100 $25 $250 INFO Co-hosts have the option for a full table for $600. Along with all co-host benefits, you will receive 7 extra tickets for you to bring 7 guests to our gala! (full table typically costs $800) BUY TICKETS price SPONSOR THE EVENT By sponsoring us, you’ll be a large part of our Gala. Even after, you’ll play an active role in supporting Our Time To Act by funding our future events and projects. BECOME A SPONSOR VIEW SPONSOR PACKET CO-HOSTS Martin Campos Judy Ki Kevin Shin Abbey Reuter Tama Becker-Varano Indroneal Banerjee Josh Kavanagh YMCA of San Diego County Leif Gensert SPONSORS San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium San Diego Youth Marina Tostado & Oliver Lin QUOTES FROM OUR BOARD “The gala in three words: inspiring, impressive, and community—there were so many great people we were able to connect with.” “If anyone has the ability to support, empower, or champion youth and have the passion for it, this is for them – it’s so meaningful to invest in the next generation” “I’m grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself, to be involved in youth empowerment and see the impact in communities” Anna Pierce Oliver Lin Gabrielle Darisme A Glimpse into Last Year's Gala 2022's Winter Gala: A Sky Full of Stars celebrated our accomplishments, which could not have been possible without our community. After all, it's only when together that we shine brightly, dazzling the dark night with shimmering stars. View our collection of photos, videos, and blog below. READ MORE

  • Pride | Our Time To Act

    YOU OTTA BE YOU. CELEBRATING YOU “Love wins.” You’ve all heard it. Well, we want to make it happen. OTTA United is committed to empowering youth, and it would be an injustice to not advocate for the historically disadvantaged queer youth community. Our organization employs people of all genders and sexualities, but our desire for inclusivity extends beyond the workplace. This year, OTTA United is participating in San Diego Pride on July 16th and 17th to join our community in celebrating our identities. You too can be a part of this! Sign up to march below, and always remember: You OTTA be you. JOIN US AT SAN DIEGO PRIDE San Diego Pride is a celebration of the queer community and the influential roles held by queer activists and leaders. ​ As proud members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, OTTA United is excited to participate in this year's parade. We encourage our community to sign up and march with us to show your support. ​ When: July 16th at 9 AM Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave & Normal St Goodies: OTTA Shirt, Poster, & Sticker (see right) SIGN UP Pride is a celebration, but it is also a powerful demonstration of collective power and collective action. It is a demonstration of a world where love always prevails over hate, where pain is soothed by community, and where diversity is our strength . That is why Pride means so much to me, and why I am honored to receive the 2022 Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award from San Diego Pride. Please join me, Our Time to Act United, and our wonderful community in marching in the Pride Parade on July 16th . ​ — Aidan Lin, Executive Director CHECK OUT OUR INSTAGRAM! WE'RE PROUD OF OUR NEWSLETTER! SUBSCRIBE JOIN OUR LIST! Please enter your email and name. Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter!

  • Youth Changemakers Summit | Our Time To Act

    Save the date! Mark your calendars for the Youth Changemakers Summit on September 28-29 . Join us for workshops, engaged discussions, and community booths focused on youth power and housing solutions. Thanks to our sponsors, attendance is free!​ The venue location, community partners, and sponsors will be announced soon. LEARN MORE ABOUT CYAN

  • ADVOCACY | Our Time To Act

    Advocacy Our Advocacy API Voter Engagement Housing Past Projects Midway Project Youth Voter Engagement City Redistricting OUR ADVOCACY Advocacy is an important tool to further our mission; building youth power, engaging young leaders, and bringing new community members into decision-making processes creates inclusive, diverse, and representative democracies. Our projects tend to focus on local issues where youth are particularly poised to have an immense impact. Our advocacy is constantly ongoing, and we have exciting projects to show you. Projects fall within our three focus areas: social & racial justice, transportation & housing, and climate action–––all of which relate to our overall mission to build youth power. Our Advocacy CURRENT PROJECTS API Voter Engagement Project JULY 2022 - ONGOING The Asian-Pacific Islander Voter Engagement Project (AVEP) focuses on the factors around civil and political engagement or disengagement among the San Diego Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community. API community members are underrepresented in many of the avenues of political participation, if they are even given a seat at the table to begin with. The API Voter Engagement Project would like to assess whether community members as they exist today feel empowered to be a vocal part of the community. Learn More Get Involved Project Impact 346 20 330 homes canvassed people surveyed hours worked 4 staff members Housing JANUARY 2023 - ONGOING San Diego, like many cities across California and the country, is facing a major housing crisis. While in recent years leaders have begun trying to address this human rights crisis, we've simply been fighting the symptoms. To take steps in tackling the housing crisis, we must address and target the root causes. We need to build a lot more housing. We need more high-density housing, and we need to improve our infrastructure and public transportation simultaneously. The Housing Project aims to advance this solution by organizing youth in San Diego, stakeholders that have been historically excluded. Youth are overwhelmingly pro-housing, but our voices and perspectives are often left out of the decision-making process due to intentional and circumstantial barriers to entry. Learn More Get Involved Project Impact 1 2 3 pro-housing rally awards won community listening sessions 4 housing info sessions AVEP Housing PAST PROJECTS Midway Project Housing Advocacy MARCH 2023 - APRIL 2023 Despite initial development plans, recent city decisions favored building a new stadium over housing in the Midway District, located near Old Town San Diego. Our Time To Act with the help of other fellow advocates pushed for housing to become the primary focus in the Midway development, urging the City Council to reject the Mayor's recommendation. The Midway Project aimed to prioritize a clear analysis and selection process of the housing and homelessness issues in San Diego. Learn More Project Impact 32% 6 - 1 14 45 percent increase in age 18-34 survey participation end vote for a progressive CPG reform speakers at public comment youth advocates mobilized Youth Voter Engagement Project JUNE 2022 - OCTOBER 2022 Our TIme To Act's advocacy extends to starting conversations with young UCSD voters. By providing detailed information on registration as well as candidates and election results we are able to engage a lot of students that were not active in the voting process in San Diego before. It is essential youth [re-]register to San Diego in order to ensure that our voices, opinions, and needs are heard and represented by the political candidates that will govern us during our time in San Diego County. Learn More Project Impact 5K 7 2 6 student interactions events held YVEP staff members assisting OTTA staff City Redistricting Advocacy JULY 2021 - DECEMBER 2021 The redistricting process can either empower or suppress underrepresented communities. Collaborating with numerous community-based organizations to create a diverse map and mobilizing a substantial number of students we were able to successfully lobby for an increase in AAPI representation in District 6, reaching over 40% in 2021. Learn More Project Impact 40 8K 50% 120 community based orgs partnered with person increase in AAPI representation in District 6 of all public comments students mobilized Midway Project Youth Voter Engagement City Redistricting

  • Events | Our Time To Act

    EVENTS Upcoming Events Event Highlights Past Events Upcoming Events San Diego Pride Festival Sat, Jul 20 San Diego Jul 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 21, 2024, 9:00 PM San Diego, Sixth Ave & Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA Jul 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 21, 2024, 9:00 PM San Diego, Sixth Ave & Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA It's OUR TIME to be OUT and PROUD! RSVP Upcoming Events Event Highlights Below are three events showcasing the different sectors of work we do. None of it would be possible without our hardworking team and volunteers. TRITON'S CHOICE DEBATE This debate provided an opportunity for students to practice voting on social issues that impact them. READ MORE AAPI POSTCARD CAMPAIGN Last November, student volunteers from Rancho Bernardo High School Asian Heritage Club and the Bishop's School East Asian Student Association wrote over 500 postcards to engage Asian American Pacific Islander voters in the 2022 election cycle for our postcard campaign. SUPPORT US PRO-HOUSING COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION We held a pro-housing community listening sessions where we discussed and brainstormed solutions to the growing issue of housing in San Diego. READ MORE COFFEE CHAT Our Coffee Chat event is a token of appreciation to the members who support us from the back. SAN DIEGO PRIDE FESTIVAL In 2022, we had the honor to table at the San Diego Pride Festival and to march in the parade. Event Highligts Past Events CYAN June Meeting: The Nuances of College Applications / Inequities of the Educational System Sat, Jun 29 San Diego Jun 29, 2024, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM San Diego, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Jun 29, 2024, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM San Diego, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Eager to discuss your experiences with college applications or the entire education system as a whole? Or interested in hearing insight and advice that our young leaders have to share? Join Civic Youth Action Network's (CYAN) meeting on Saturday, June 29th from 12 pm to 2 pm! Details Spring Coffee Chat Affogato Edition Sun, May 19 San Diego May 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM San Diego, 3252 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA May 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM San Diego, 3252 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA An event for Our Time To Act's current and prospective members. Details May CYAN Event Sun, May 19 San Diego May 19, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT San Diego, San Diego, CA 92161, USA May 19, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT San Diego, San Diego, CA 92161, USA Join us and learn all about San Diego's housing crisis, its far-reaching effects, and what can be done about it! +3 more Details April CYAN Meeting Sun, Apr 21 San Diego Apr 21, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM San Diego, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Apr 21, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM San Diego, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Details Housing Talk Sun, Apr 07 San Diego Central Library Courtyard Apr 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM San Diego Central Library Courtyard, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Apr 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM San Diego Central Library Courtyard, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA We want to hear from you, join us in a conversation about housing in District 3! Details Winter Coffee Chat Sun, Mar 03 San Diego Mar 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM San Diego, 3015 Lincoln Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA Mar 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM San Diego, 3015 Lincoln Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA An event for OTTA United's current & prospective members. +8 more Details CYAN House Party Sat, Feb 24 San Diego Feb 24, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM San Diego, Clairemont, San Diego, CA, USA Feb 24, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM San Diego, Clairemont, San Diego, CA, USA Join us for an afternoon of cooking food, making friends, & youth power! +23 more Details CYAN Kick-off Sat, Jan 20 Water Front Park (at the main fountain) Jan 20, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST Water Front Park (at the main fountain), 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Jan 20, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST Water Front Park (at the main fountain), 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Join us in our fight for Housing Justice. Together, we will converse and learn housing topics and find power through community care and direct action opportunities. Details You OTTA Re-Member Us Sat, Aug 19 Kate Sessions Park Aug 19, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA Aug 19, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA Meet with passionate community members and learn more about us at a picnic-style social! We'll be sharing our impact and having an open forum, featuring Abbey Reuter (Board Director) and Sparky Mitra (AVEP Project Director). +5 more Details Coffee Chat w/ OTTA United Thu, Jun 22 "The Club" at Regents La Jolla Jun 22, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM "The Club" at Regents La Jolla, 9253 Regents Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Jun 22, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM "The Club" at Regents La Jolla, 9253 Regents Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Come socialize, meet the team, and support our youth-led cause! +16 more Details Say YES To Housing For Our Future Sat, May 06 Doyle Community Park May 06, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Doyle Community Park, 8175 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122, USA May 06, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Doyle Community Park, 8175 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122, USA A Community Listening, Healing, and Planning Session +14 more Details Virtual Info Session: Housing Organizing Efforts Fri, Apr 07 Virtual Event Apr 07, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT Virtual Event Apr 07, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT Virtual Event Learn more about OTTA United's housing organizing campaigns—how we are pushing for more housing, transit, and opportunities for all. +7 more Details March Against Gun Violence Tue, Mar 14 Hall of Justice Mar 14, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hall of Justice, 330 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Mar 14, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hall of Justice, 330 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA We need feet on the ground, not bodies. +16 more Details Pro-Housing Rally in University City Sat, Mar 11 Nobel Trolley Stop Platform Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Nobel Trolley Stop Platform, San Diego, CA 92037, USA Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Nobel Trolley Stop Platform, San Diego, CA 92037, USA Hear our voices: We Want More Housing! +15 more Details Sign-Making for Pro-Housing Rally Fri, Mar 10 Silent Tree at UCSD (Near Geisel) Mar 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Silent Tree at UCSD (Near Geisel), University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 92161, USA Mar 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Silent Tree at UCSD (Near Geisel), University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 92161, USA Details First Annual Gala: A Sky Full of Stars Sun, Dec 11 Multi Purpose Room, Student Services Ctr Dec 11, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST Multi Purpose Room, Student Services Ctr, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA Dec 11, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST Multi Purpose Room, Student Services Ctr, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA We extend a humble invitation to attend our 2022 Winter Gala Fundraiser: A Sky Full of Stars. We hope you can join us for a night full of excitement, including food from local businesses, a project showcase highlighting this year's efforts, and keynote speakers. +79 more Details Networking Workshop With Alex Villafuerte Sun, Dec 04 Zoom Link Will be Emailed Dec 04, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST Zoom Link Will be Emailed Dec 04, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST Zoom Link Will be Emailed Join us and learn about how to network in order to support each other through collaboration and coalition building. +29 more Details College Prep 101 Sun, Apr 24 Zoom link will be sent via email! Apr 24, 2022, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM PDT Zoom link will be sent via email! Apr 24, 2022, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM PDT Zoom link will be sent via email! Want more insight into what college is like? Receive some tips and advice from Rachel Choy, student at Santa Clara University, and Ken Fesler, student at University of California, Davis. Details Load More Past Events

  • Gala Program | Our Time To Act

    Gala Program Thank you for being an integral part of this extraordinary evening! SCHEDULE MENU SUPPORT OUR WORK As we come together to celebrate, we invite you to join us in making a lasting impact. Your support means the world to us, and we believe in the power of collective generosity. If you're inspired to contribute and help us further our mission, we welcome your donations. SUPPORT OUR WORK CO-HOSTS Martin Campos Judy Ki Kevin Shin Abbey Reuter Marina Tostado Oliver Lin Carol Kim Tama Becker-Varano Indroneal Banerjee YMCA of San Diego County Josh Kavanagh Leif Gensert Viet Voices SPONSORS Marina Tostado & Oliver Lin San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium LEAVE US FEEDBACK Thanks for submitting! How satisfied were you with the event? How engaging was the program? How did you hear about this event? Choose an option What did you think about the length of the program? How likely are you to attend our other events in the future? Please share any thoughts, comments, and ideas for future events. If you would like a direct response, please leave your email. If not, leave empty. Send Feedback SHARE YOUR MEMORIES! Here's a community Google Folder of all our Gala photos. Feel free to contribute to and download this digital album which captured fun and exciting moments this afternoon. December 30th: Our Time To Act meet-up in Stockton at T% over the holidays to work on Gala cards and speeches together. GOOGLE FOLDER

  • Get Involved | Our Time To Act

    Youth own the future. We're shaping it now. 1 - 3 HOURS Join an Event Show up and meet the community at our upcoming events. VIEW EVENTS 1 HOUR / WEEK Join CYAN Uplift the youth community by joining the Civic Youth Action Network. LEARN MORE 3 MINUTES Donate Support our mission and help us continue our advocacy work by making a donation. MAKE A DONATION 3 MINUTES Become a Member Enjoy exclusive benefits and contribute to lasting change by becoming a reoccurring donor. JOIN AS A MEMBER 4 SECONDS Subscribe to Our Newsletter Receive monthly emails for the latest updates and opportunities SUBSCRIBE ANY Volunteer Make a hands-on difference and gain valuable experience by volunteering with us. SEE INTEREST FORM BE THE CHANGE Join Our Team Our Time To Act is a passionate team comprised of youth leaders, youth allies, and partners who enable us to further empower our communities. We offer job opportunities across various disciplines including community organizing, outreach, internal development, and more. OPEN POSITIONS ABOUT US Join Our Team Follow our Socials @our time to act @ottaunited @our time to act united

  • About Us | Our Time To Act

    About Us WHY WE'RE HERE Mission and Strategy "To organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future." Simply put, we strive to build and exercise youth power. When we are successful in encouraging youth to get involved, the entire community benefits. According to our research , youth engagement within decision-making creates more effective representation, fosters pluralistic leadership, and strengthens democratic institutions. Socially, youth experience greater self-awareness, positive identity development and social bonding, and a sense of purpose. It’s a win-win for everyone! ​ Our general strategy is to build youth power in areas predominantly occupied by adults to benefit young people and the community as a whole. We seek innovative and effective ways to create new pathways in sociopolitical systems that increase the influence wielded by the next generation of leaders and citizens, emphasizing issues that disproportionately affect young people. WHAT WE'RE MADE OF Our Philosophy 1. Authentic & Passionate We value authenticity and passion in the work we do. By acting with integrity and remaining impact-driven, we constantly put these values into practice. 2. Mentors & Coalition-builders We play the role of mentors and coalition-builders in our communities. We can achieve the most by collaborating, openly sharing resources, and fostering robust networks. 3. Justice-seeking & people-centered Justice-seeking and people-centered perspectives are the lenses through which we perceive the world. They help us keep our highest priorities in clear view. YOUTH FOUNDED. YOUTH LED. THE FACES Meet the Team Our team is the heartbeat of our organization, and our passion and drive are at the core of our success. Connect with and get to know the individuals who work tirelessly to create a better future for all. VIEW THE TEAM OPEN POSITIONS OUR TEAM IN ACTION A short recap video from 2022-2023 showcasing how we work to build youth power across California. Our March Pro-Housing rally. Featured in ABC10, CBS8, NBC7, and the Times of San Diego, we surged to the stage bringing diverse voices into the community planning process. OUR BRAND Inside Scoop We are professional and youthful . Our brand demonstrates that youth are capable and powerful while maintaining their playful and imaginative nature. At Our Time To Act, this powerful combination generates unique innovation. ​ Professionalism Our presence is a statement, and we have the experience, skills, and drive to back it up. We strategically shape the future ahead of us. In our communities, we are trailblazers for youth in spaces where they are not welcomed or considered. Youthfulness Bold Determined Capable Creative Playful Imaginative We inspire others and ourselves. Our creativity leads to our passion and ideas. We embody our youthfulness, using our energy and enthusiasm to collaborate with community members and challenge the unjust. OUR WORK AND NEWS More About What We Do View our Advocacy and News pages for a deeper understanding of our mission and the impactful work we undertake. Here, we invite you to explore the intricate web of initiatives, projects, and causes that define us. ADVOCACY NEWS JOIN OUR EFFORTS Get Involved We're more than just a collective of individuals; we're a vibrant, passionate community committed to making a change. We invite you to take an active role in shaping our shared future. BECOME A MEMBER DONATE JOIN OUR TEAM

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