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…


Geoffrey Canada Wins National Freedom Award

Geoffrey Canada received the prestigious National Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, for his commitment to improving education and fighting poverty: “We’ve allowed failure to become the norm in schools across this country and nothing changes . . . We’ve…


HCZ Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New School Building

On June 6, public officials and members of the Harlem community helped celebrate the completion of HCZ’s new Promise Academy I school building and community center in the heart of Harlem’s St. Nicholas Houses. President/CEO Geoffrey Canada was joined by Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott, NYCHA…

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Geoffrey Canada’s TED Talk

HCZ’s President and CEO, Geoffrey Canada, was featured in TED’s first-ever original television special alongside education luminaries such as Bill Gates and Sir Ken Robinson. Geoff’s TED talk was one of his most inspired speeches to date and captured HCZ’s commitment to using innovation to…