Eric Komoroff

Eric Komoroff is an internationally recognized educator, non-profit leader, and expert in the fields of urban education, youth development, social emotional learning, mindfulness, school culture, youth spirituality, empowerment, and relationship-building.

His work has been the subject of numerous academic studies including “Creating Sacred Space with Youth”, published at Teachers College at Columbia University, and “Community of Unity: The Theory of Change of an Afterschool Youth Development Program,” at Fordham University.

Eric’s career in urban education began in 1988 in New York City at ArtWorks, where he ran after-school programs while studying Art Therapy at the New School for Social Research. Shortly thereafter, Eric discovered his passion for working with children with Autism, which led to a decade spent in special education pre-schools, therapeutic nurseries, day-treatment facilities, summer camps, and afterschool programs. At the same time, Eric worked on developing educational materials for various Sesame Street educational outreach programs at the Children’s Television Workshop, and earned degrees in Art Therapy, Early Childhood Education and Human Development.

In 2001 Eric founded COMMUNITY of UNITY, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth to achieve success and fulfillment by awakening an understanding of their unique purpose and potential. As COMMUNITY of UNITY’s Executive Director, Eric has designed and implemented social emotional learning (SEL), life skills and school culture building programs for over 200 schools, enrichment programs, therapeutic environments, camps and correctional facilities around the world, reaching tens of thousands of youth, families, and educators.

As a consultant and collaborator, Eric has worked with organizations including A Better Chance, Bank Street College of Education, the Institute for Student Achievement, HealthCorp, Northside Center for Child Development, New York University, Fordham University, Hinter College, the New York City Department of Education, Union Seminary, Face2Face, Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms, SUCCESS Academy Charter Network, Urban Assembly, Auburn Theological Seminary, the YMCA, the Center for Mindfulness: the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Hoops 4 Hope (South Africa & Zimbabwe), Hunter College, the Genesis Society, City School for the Arts, Big Brother/Big Sister, and the Department of Correctional Services in South Africa.

Eric is a frequent presenter at schools and conferences including the BOOST Collaborative Conference, the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), and he has played an active role in the founding of over 25 urban public and charter schools, as well as camps and other youth.

Eric currently teaches classes at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development on Socially Responsible Teaching (a graduation required course for all undergraduate and graduate students in the education program), and Social Entrepreneurship for Urban Youth, and has taught courses at Bank Street College of Education on School Culture Development and Advisory Programs.

Since 2010, Eric has been the host of YOUTH EMPOWERED, a weekly podcast with over 50,000 listeners, and a featured blogger on www.dailystrength.org, and www.teendailyshare.com.