CEO Anne Williams-Isom on CUNY TV

On November 30, 2016, CEO Anne Williams-Isom appeared on the City University of New York Television series  “Black America,” hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Carol Jenkins.  Watch their in-depth conversation about HCZ’s pioneering work with over 12,000 children in a 97-block Zone in Central Harlem

Promise HS Grad 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

This month, we celebrated the graduation of 250 HCZ high-school seniors, including the members of our 3rd-ever graduating class at Promise Academy High School. 98% of our Promise seniors graduated on time and are headed to college this fall. As CEO Anne Williams-Isom told our grads, “You have made…

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FLOTUS Celebrates College Signing Day in the Zone

On Wednesday, April 26th, HCZ was honored to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama, MTV and Viacom’s Get Schooled initiative, a host of celebrities, and 4,000+ New York City high-school students to our very own Harlem Armory to celebrate National College Signing Day 2016. Part of…

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Promise Academy Student Named a Finalist in Crayola Art Expo

We are thrilled to announce that Hawa, a 4th grader at Promise Academy II, has been chosen as a finalist in Crayola’s Creativity Connects the World 2015-2016 Art Exhibition! Hawa’s work (pictured above) was selected from Pre-K through 12th grade student submissions around the world…

Love's Union

Happy Valentine’s Day

Every year, on Valentine’s Day, we share a poem with our friends and supporters to say thank you for helping us create a brighter future for our kids and show them how much we love them. For many years, our President, Geoffrey Canada, wrote a…

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What Children Need Is…You!

Wednesday, December 16th, we launched a social media campaign to get people thinking about all the things children need to fulfill their potential and invited friends and followers to chime in and let us know #WhatChildrenNeed. To get the conversation started, we also released a new heart-warming,…

Read With Me Wednesday

Read with Me Wednesday at HCZ

This fall, we launched Read with Me Wednesday—a new weekly initiative inviting HCZ staff to read with the 240 students at our four Harlem Gems pre-kindergarten sites. Reading aloud with children helps to deepen their vocabulary and foster their imagination, curiosity, and empathy. This initiative…

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HCZ’s Baby College® on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

HCZ’s Baby College® program was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Now celebrating our 15th anniversary, The Baby College teaches child development and parenting skills to new and expectant parents through workshops and home visits and counts over 5,000 graduates to date. Listen to…

Canada and Druckenmiller Honored with Bowdoin Prize

HCZ President Geoffrey Canada ’74 and Board Chairman Stan Druckenmiller ’75 received the Bowdoin Prize, the highest honor awarded by their alma mater, Bowdoin College, at a January 20th ceremony at Lincoln Center. Pictured here with Bowdoin College President Barry Mills, Canada and Druckenmiller did…