The Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) has partnered with the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office to expand access to the Unidas Teen Philanthropy Program. Unidas is an award-winning after-school program run by WFSA that builds leadership skills among girls, young women, and gender-expansive teens.
Unidas is peer-led and gives participants the opportunity to work together to engage in social justice while supporting the development of confident young leaders in our community.
“Empowering our future leaders to work with non-profits and the business industry will strengthen our communities and build partnerships that create opportunities. I am excited to see this impactful program grow,” said Pima County School Superintendent Dustin J. Williams.
Through this new partnership, more high school students will be able to gain access to the Unidas Teen Philanthropy Program. Teens and young adults ranging in age from 14-22 are encouraged to enroll year-round in the Unidas program to find a cohort that fits their needs. Unidas participants work throughout the semester to learn about leadership and philanthropy, investing in themselves by investing resources directly into their community.
These students engage in a collective journey to learn about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, while bringing to bear their lived experience to address the challenges and barriers marginalized communities face. Working together with peers, participants build a shared foundation and framework through both academic and relational community research.
The impact from Unidas spans decades and includes collaboration with over 10 schools and nearly 50 nonprofit organizations. This number has been growing as the program recently expanded to include statewide participation.
How to join Unidas
Unidas accepts applications throughout the year from high-school students and transition-age youth. To learn more and apply, visit womengiving.org/unidas.