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Empowering Youth through Fashion Education.
United Colors of Fashion Inc. (UCOF) Academy is a New York City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fashion-focused:
- Mentorship and Counseling
- Internship Opportunities
- Entrepreneurial Development
to under-resourced youth in New York City.
United Colors Of Fashion actively helps under resourced youth in the tri-state area gain exposure and opportunities within the fashion industry in various fields. As interns of the UCOF Academy Educates: STAND (Students Training Arts and Design) program, which is the only one of its kind offering free training to students, these fashion hopefuls get the opportunity to learn everything about the industry. The experience they take from UCOF Academy equips them with the understanding and resolve to thrive in fashion.
UCOF Academy is the first registered 501 (c)(3) organization in the U.S. to offer FREE Fashion Education to under-resourced youth. The organization is registered with New York Department of Education, NY Charity Bureau, NY Department of State and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) as a 501 (c)(3) organization under the name of United Colors of Fashion, Incorporated.
Within its four years of inception, via UCOF Academy, the founder, Ciano Clerjuste has nurtured the dreams of over 350 youths from the tri-state area by exposing them to the "behind the velvet ropes" experience of the fashion industry. In addition to educating, Clerjuste and UCOF give back by providing funds and supplies to 100 children living with HIV in South Africa through the UCOF Cares Program.
With the support of an international team of philanthropically-minded, skilled professionals with backgrounds in fashion, beauty, the arts, and business; Clerjuste's dream and those of many others have become a reality.