About Us

Mission

Voices United is a non-profit organization that fosters cross-cultural understanding and youth action through creative expression, empowering our youth to become tolerant and caring leaders for a better future. Voices United empowers multi-cultural youth to transform hatred into understanding, prejudice into respect, violence into peaceful collaboration, and cynicism into hope.

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Voices United shall utilize the performing arts to:

Empower young people

Empower young people to create and promote solutions to community, national, and world problems.

Provide opportunities

Provide opportunities for young people to explore, develop and share their visions and concerns, and propose solutions to some of the many problems that we face on a global level without endorsing political, ideological, or religious preferences.

Conflict Resolution Skills

Provide opportunities for young people to learn and use conflict resolution skills.

Provide a Safe Environment

Provide a safe and accepting environment for young people that develops self-esteem and allows to reach their full potential.

Understanding, Tolerance, and Appreciation

Promote inter-cultural and inter-racial understanding, tolerance, and appreciation.

History

Voices United, formerly Peace Child Miami, was created in 1989 by 17 year old Katie Christie, a high school senior at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. After traveling to the Soviet Union for a Peace Child arts exchange program, Christie noticed that young people of different races and cultures did not get along or respect each other’s differences.

She also felt that young people faced a multitude of problems without any way to address their concerns. To respond to these challenges, Christie created Voices United to give the young people of Miami a voice. The impact of that voice has been tremendous: over 800 youth from the Miami area have participated in performances seen by 20,000 people, bringing to light the concerns of today’s youth.

Past Programs

  • 1989

    Peace Child

  • 1990 & 1991

    City At Peace

  • 1991

    Kids For Kids (cast of hearing impaired and hearing students)

  • 1992 & 1993

    Be A Family

  • 1994 & 1995

    Standing Tall

  • 1995

    Wings of Love Japan (Cast of Japanese & American students)

  • 1996

    Stand for Children in Washington D.C.

  • 1996 & 1997

    Real Life

  • 1990 - 1998

    City At Peace Crew (Touring Company)

  • 1995 – 1997

    Summer Leadership Forum

  • 2006

    Present – Voices United Touring Company

  • 2007

    Help Wanted

  • 2008

    Unspoken Voice

  • 2008

    Common Ground – World Youth Congress in Quebec City

  • 2009

    Lost & Found

  • 2009

    Summer Leadership Forum

  • 2010

    Break The Chain

  • 2010

    Beacons of Hope – World Youth Congress in Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2011

    The Story Within Me

  • 2012

    Portal 108

  • 2012

    Voices United Lesotho

  • 2013

    Global Ties

  • 2014

    25th Anniversary Celebration