Make new friends while you make a difference!

In this award-winning after-school program, you can gain hands-on experience in community service, leadership, social justice, and grant-making -all centered around helping improve the quality of life for women and girls in Arizona! 

What is Unidas? 

Unidas is a semester-long after-school program for young women and gender-expansive individuals in high school from all over Arizona. The program is focused on philanthropy, leadership, social justice, and grant-making. 


What Does Unidas Do?

Our Unidas cohorts meet once a week via Zoom. Over the course of each semester, participants get to create a grant with a specific social justice topic for Non-Profits in Arizona to apply for. Unidas participants will then get to review applications, interview potential organizations, and finally choose a grantee. Meanwhile, we connect and create community with each other, practice self-care, learn about and discuss social justice topics, and practice professional development to support participants in their future endeavors. 

How do I join?

We now have two cohorts of Unidas that meet once a week virtually. You can choose to be part of our Wednesday or Thursday group. You can apply by filling out an application HERE.


Benefits of Joining Unidas:

  • Form friendships with a diverse group of young women and gender-expansive individuals from across Arizona.
  • Discuss, research, and analyze social justice issues facing young women and girls in Arizona. 
  • Review grant applications and meet (virtually) with local non-profits. 
  • Give away $5,000 to a community organization! 
  • Gain valuable community leadership and consensus-building skills.
  • Become a philanthropic guru and dynamic community activist! 

If this sounds like you… 

  • A young woman/gender-expansive individual in Arizona between 14-18 years old (High school age). 
  • Interested in social justice & philanthropy. 
  • Looking to give back. 
  • Available to meet weekly on Wednesdays OR Thursdays.
  • Passionate about creating change that empowers women and girls in Arizona. 

Apply today! 

  • Application deadline: August 20th, 12pm
  • Retreat dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 OR Sunday, August 29th, 2021 via ZOOM
  • Weekly meeting start and end dates:
    • Wednesday Cohort: Sept 1 – Dec 15, 2021, 4:30p – 6:30p via ZOOM
      Thursday Cohort: Sept 2 – Dec 16, 2021 4:30p – 6:30p via ZOOM

For more information:

Please contact Brigette Villasenor – 520-622-8886 or
Desiree, 520-622-8886, 

Philanthropy Means

Philanthropy through the Unidas program is a way to help others by donating to organizations that support women and girls in Southern Arizona. The Unidas program offers the girls a glimpse into the world of opportunity and inequality. They have a chance to make a difference in other people’s lives. The high school girls learn about leadership and how to make philanthropic decisions that make an impact in the community.

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