Announcing the Geoffrey Canada Community Center

On October 15th, the Harlem Children’s Zone held a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the naming of our Promise Academy school building and community center on 125th Street the Geoffrey Canada Community Center. The event was a fitting and inspiring tribute to a man who…

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CEO Anne Williams-Isom on “Here and Now”

CEO Anne Williams-Isom spoke with Sandra Bookman on “Here and Now” about her connection to our kids, using data to deepen our cradle-to-college pipeline, and running the next leg of the race to end generational poverty. Click here to watch the video and learn more…

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HCZ’s New CEO: Anne Williams-Isom

It’s official! As of July 1st, Anne Williams-Isom is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Harlem Children’s Zone – and we could not be more excited about this next chapter for our kids, our community, and our organization. For nearly five years, Anne has…


Harlem Free WiFi Is Here

Harlem Free WiFi is here! Sponsored by The Fuhrman Family Foundation, the network is now complete and covers a total of 95 blocks, from 110th to 138th Streets, between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue, helping bridge the digital divide for nearly 80,000 Harlem residents…


HCZ’s Leadership Transition in NY Times

Read the New York Times coverage of Geoff Canada’s announcement that he will be handing the chief executive reins to Anne Williams-Isom. Over the last 20 years, HCZ has become a national model for tackling poverty and improving children’s outcomes. As Anne says of HCZ’s…


HCZ’s Next Chapter: Geoffrey Canada Announces New CEO

On February 10th, Geoffrey Canada announced that after 30 years with HCZ, he would pass the CEO reins to Anne Williams-Isom, current COO and lifelong child advocate, effective July 1st, 2014. He will retain the title of President.  Watch them talk about their evolving partnership,…


Promise Academy Student Bowls Over President Obama

At a White House press conference attended by HCZ Promise Academy students, staff and President/CEO Geoffrey Canada, President Obama announced the country’s first five Promise Zones, which will be based on the HCZ model. Promise Academy ninth grader Kiara Molina introduced President Obama at the…


The Zone Goes Wireless

On December 10th, Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of Harlem Free WiFi—the largest continuous free outdoor public WiFi network in the country. By the time of its completion in the spring of 2014, the network will cover 95 blocks, from 110th to 138th Streets between…


The Educator You Wish Your Kids Had

Time Magazine followed up on their naming of Geoffrey Canada to the TIME 100 list two years ago with a short video about our new school building in a public housing development.  Watch it here.