United 4 Social Change is a nonprofit startup that develops effective civic leaders who write persuasively, speak passionately, and actively participate in the creation and dissemination of ideas.
The need for civic leaders (members of society who have the awareness, desire, and capacity to drive social change) is becoming apparent all over the world. People are either unable to see social ills, don’t appreciate the need for change, or don’t have the tools and skills to spur change.
This is why our work at U4SC has become ever crucial in making sure that everyone, and not just political and economic leaders, are participating in civic leadership.
We do this through a three-pronged approach that corresponds to the three levels of problems outlined above. We enlight them about social issues, ignite the fire within them to care about social problems, and unite them to act towards social change.
How Can I Participate?
We currently run online programs where students participate in 8-week internships in argumentative writing or public speaking.
After our lesson, they submit an outline for us to review and then write an article or speech for publication using the skills from that week's lesson.
We run a variety of interactive workshops that center on building skills in public speaking and argumentative writing. We also include discussions on social advocacy, social issues, and justice throughout the workshop.
These workshops help students master the steps to persuasive communication and effective leadership as they prepare to serve their communities and the world.
We work with school and nonprofit partners to support the work they do.
We share stories about other nonprofits, introduce volunteer and job opportunities to our students, and serve as a zero-cost “PR” firm for our nonprofit partners.
We conduct workshops and training with educators and provide resources for them to incorporate our material in their classrooms.