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.
At the core of our Design Your Future program are our Facilitation, Advocacy, Mentorship groups, which we call the FAM. Each FAM group is gender-specific and is made up of ten students and one facilitator who meet bi-weekly during through high school and a minimum of quarterly in the four years post-high school graduation.
College and Career Vision Development
Once trust has been established within the FAM groups, participants are introduced to the College & Career Vision Development component, which helps students expand their understanding of their future potential.
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.