October 22, 2016
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"Community of Unity" event promotes youth empowerment


MTV News Correspondent Sway

Calloway emcees Fundraiser for Youth
Chelsea, Thurs 10/29
Community of Unity’s programs have empowered over 30,000 youth
around the world to achieve success and fulfillment by awakening an
understanding of their unique purpose and potential
"COMMUNITY of UNITY’s systematic approach to the establishment of school culture allows schools to have a strong
foundation. COMMUNITY of UNITY is a model of authenticity." -- Jill Herman, Founding Principal
Eastside Community High School & Network Leader, Urban Assembly
"COMMUNITY of UNITY’s work is very well thought out, and demonstrates appreciation, respect and love for children.
The schools and children are fortunate to have you out there working with them." --Dr. Dana Holman,
Professor of Social Work, Fordham University
New York: Since Community of Unity (CofU) was founded in 2001 by youth development
specialist Eric Komoroff, over 30,000 youth from around the world have been touched by their
programs. This yearʼs annual benefit, which will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 7p at the
Winston Wachter Gallery (530 West 25th Street), will raise funds for groundbreaking programs
that are responsible for the 90% college attendance rate of graduates from their after-school
program participants. MTV news correspondent Sway Calloway will be the emcee for the
In New York City, over 200 schools have used CofUʼs professional development workshops,
consulting services, and materials to help at-risk youth transform their lives and in turn, the
culture of their schools and communities. Programs and prisons in South Africa and Zimbabwe
have also implemented the groundbreaking programs. Their curriculum is based on the premise
that by building constructive peer-to-peer and peer-to-adult relationships over multiple years,
youth are provided opportunities for belonging, space to build essential life-skills, and are able to
grow their connection to family and community.
CofU is raising funds to open an emotionally and academically supportive housing option for a
high school on Manhattanʼs Lower East Side for students who are homeless, in foster care, or in
inconsistent home environments due to family crisis. This "Community House" will be a new,
holistic model of urban public schooling, designed to anticipate and meet the real needs of the
diverse body of students in New York City public school system.
Jean Carlos Artiles, a teen who has participated in CofUʼs programs since 2004 explains the
life-changing impact it has had: “This program has been, and will always be, one of the most
meaningful aspects of my life, and has shaped my character as a man. I was able to face the
things I unconsciously put up that prevented me from using 100% of my potential towards
becoming the best me I can be. Also, the group I attend is all male, and not often you can find a
group of young men (15-19) or even older men that can share so much about their personal
lives and be so comfortable at the same time.”
Board President Ocean MacAdams (former senior VP of MTV News) says that the key to
Community of Unityʼs success is the individual attention youth receive – making this program
extraordinarily unique in New York. “Eric and his staff provide non-denominational spiritual tools
and an amazing amount of one-on-one mentoring so students learn how to make their own
positive choices.”
Over 25 youth in CofUʼs New York City programs – some as long as seven years – will
attend the October 29 event. Youth, along with founder Eric Komoroff will be available
for interviews. Media are invited and encouraged to RSVP to the contact above.

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