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Unidas is an award-winning teen philanthropy program that builds leadership skills among girls, young women, and gender-expansive teens.

Unidas intends to increase the understanding of the importance of philanthropy while supporting the development of confident young leaders in our community.

Unidas Teen Philanthropy Program

When you participate in philanthropy, you learn to see all the things in our world that are lacking…As you’re working towards bettering these issues you change as a person because you learn to care about others and also through your actions you can impact the lives of many other people.”

Participants gain first-hand experience in:

  • Relationship building
  • Community service
  • Leadership
  • Social justice
  • Grant-making

The after-school program teaches high school-aged young women and gender-expansive teens about leadership, philanthropy and social justice issues through experience with grantmaking in their own community. 

Participating teens work through the philanthropy process each semester, making grants of up to $5,000 to organizations that work to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Arizona. Unidas teens are inspired to serve as a powerful resource in their community. They learn about the differing perspectives of their peers while forming lasting friendships with a diverse group of young people.

What Does Unidas Do?

The Unidas cohorts meet once weekly via Zoom. The participants work together to determine a specific social justice topic for that semester’s grant focus. Unidas participants will then get to review applications, interview potential organizations, and finally choose a grantee. Meanwhile, members connect and create community with each other, practice self-care, learn about and discuss social justice topics, and gain professional development skills to support their future goals.

About the Unidas Grant

Through community discussion, presentations and thoughtful consideration, Unidas participants prioritize an area of concern or community that they strongly feel needs to be supported. Each semester, Unidas opens up grant applications to nonprofit organizations who meet that need. Currently grant applications are closed. Please check back in the Spring to learn of open grant opportunities with Unidas. Learn more >