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97 Blocks. Endless Possibilities.

At Harlem Children’s Zone, we’re breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by creating life-altering opportunities throughout our neighborhood so children, families, and our community can thrive in all areas of life. Come experience our progress and help us continue the fight.

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Living Up to Promising Futures

Today’s children are tomorrow’s college graduates and community role models. We prepare Harlem’s children for self-sufficiency and lifelong success.

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Building Up Healthier Neighborhoods

We pride ourselves on being responsive. We exist to listen to the needs of our community and offer full-scale, place-based solutions in kind that empower and support.

HCZ CEO shakes President Obama’s hand at a White House meeting.

Opening Up Pathways to Success Across the Globe

We’ve gained a lot of knowledge and insights in our twenty-plus years. We are on a mission to help partners around the world replicate our programs and transform their own communities.

Promise Academy Charter Schools

Promise Academy are top-performing K-12 charter schools within HCZ’s cradle-to-career pathway of services. When young scholars join our community, we promise to do whatever it takes to get them to and through college.

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College is Calling

We’re so proud of our college graduates. They may leave the Zone to attend college, but they will always be part of the Zone. Discover how our College Success Office and Wealth Builds initiative supports our scholars through college and career.

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Our Impact By the Numbers

Called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time” by The New York Times, HCZ’s model to build up our community is pioneering, unique, holistic—and validated by a generation of proof.


college acceptance rate

youths and adults served annually


Healthy Harlem participants

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Scaling the Model

William Julius Wilson Institute

WJWI was founded to partner with communities in rooting out poverty — block by block, need by need.

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