Thank you for helping us to empower young people to achieve success and fulfillment by awakening in them a unique sense of their purpose and potential.
At Community of Unity we realize that life is a series of choices, and that the path we are on is determined always by the decisions we make each day. Our motto, tellingly, is Make Good Choices, and our programs are anchored by a distinctive approach to youth development that empowers young people to awaken their unique purpose and potential, which we call the “SONG”.
Our SONG approach is built around the exploration and development of seven essential life skills, or “INSTRUMENTS”: Self-Awareness, Self-Esteem, Responsibility, Integrity, Sense of Humor, Empathy and Focus. This model informs every aspect of Community of Unity’s work: from peer group meetings and one-on-one mentoring to individual advocacy, college guidance, and our organizational and school support programming; trusting relationships and non-denominational spiritual tools support students as they seek and discover their own personal path to success.
Since 2001, Community of Unity has directly impacted NYC’s most underserved urban youth through our holistic, uniquely “high-touch”, long term, peer- and relationship-driven, social-emotional learning programs, and has indirectly impacted countless others via professional development programs for educators, counselors, social workers, families, school administrators and school networks.
Youth Empowerment Leadership Community (YELC)
The YELC is an in-school and after-school mentorship program in which at-risk NYC public school students discover their unique and personal “SONG.”
99% of YELC students graduate from high school compared to an average of 65% of black and hispanic students citywide.
Design Your Future (DYF)
At Community of Unity we believe that positive relationships and a safe, nurturing environment are essential for students to attain success and fulfillment-that guiding a student’s social and emotional growth is as important as encouraging academic achievement.
School and Organization Support
Community of Unity is deeply committed to supporting young people whenever and however they need it. In honoring that commitment, we take an active role in individually empowering, guiding and advocating for our youth, whether they are facing a housing crisis, overcoming drug addiction, seeking employment, or are in need of counseling.