Jonathan Escoffery ’02 had a successful career in the fashion world when he realized he had strayed from his original mission: to change people’s lives through fashion.
The politics major is the founder of Building Young Minds (BYM), a New York City–based nonprofit that offers business, community outreach, and entrepreneurial programs to about 150 high school students in New York City. The organization partners with companies to give students hands-on experiences and classes in the fashion, music, film, and IT industries.
“A lot of these students don’t have a support network at home, but they’re very talented,” Escoffery says. “Our vision is to have our young people be leaders in the global market, not just consumers.”
Escoffery got the idea for BYM when he started his own clothing line and held a fashion show his senior year at IC. After graduating, he went to London to work in the fashion industry, and then started his own clothing store in New York City. This year BYM launched pilot programs in Rwanda and Jamaica.
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