At HCZ, we believe in continual wraparound youth programs is an essential component in preparing a child for college. And college is the primary means of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. We are on a mission to ensure that every child in Central Harlem graduates from college prepared to create a successful, self-sufficient career.
We believe that the pathway to college begins when a child is born and doesn’t end until a student has graduated and has the tools to thrive in a fulfilling career. Our aim is to light that pathway, from cradle to college to career, with community-responsive and wraparound youth programs that support children and their families in every way and in every year of a child’s development.
The first years of children’s lives shape their futures. Through targeted youth programs that address children’s needs from birth to preschool, we work with parents and children so that every child gains advantages in their earliest years. Our programs are designed to build community for families, educate parents and guardians to ensure their children meet developmental milestones, and spark a love of learning in all our kids.
The Baby College®
In this workshop, new and expectant parents learn to meet their child’s needs through the stages of cognitive, social, and emotional development to age three.
The Three-Year-Old Journey
This workshop guides parents to foster in their three-year-old’s early literacy and math skills. Parents also benefit from a sense of community with other parents.
Promise Academy® Charter Schools
Promise Academy® I and II are unparalleled in their excellence, rigor, and care. In addition to a high-quality, standards-based education, students and their families have access to HCZ’s comprehensive network of supports, including counseling, benefits assistance, and other social services. Our promise is to do whatever it takes to address any issue—even those outside of the classroom—that can hinder a child’s future.
Promise Academy® Elementary Schools
We focus on building solid foundational skills in a safe, respectful learning community so that student success starts early and strong.
Promise Academy® Middle Schools
During these pivotal years, we provide a supportive learning environment where students are encouraged to explore their interests as they excel academically, socially, and emotionally.
We believe every child has unlimited potential. We have developed a variety of programs for Central Harlem’s public school students to make sure each one has the support they need to meet their potential, discover their interests, develop a goal of college, and access guidance and counsel when applying to and succeeding through college.
In partnership with Harlem public elementary and middle schools, we provide supports to ensure every child has high learning goals and reaches their potential.
A Cut Above
Through character-building and enrichment learning, A Cut Above assists public middle school students in navigating personal and academic challenges.
Arts & Civic Engagement
In this after-school program, high school students immerse themselves in the arts, gain career skills, and learn directly from industry professionals.
Employment & Technology Center
High school students dive into STEM, learn to use cutting-edge technologies, and network with industry professionals in this after-school program.
College & Career
When Central Harlem’s students are accepted to college, we feel enormous pride. We know they are well on their way to building successful careers and self-sufficient lives. We also understand that the transition into and out of college can be overwhelming. While our students may leave the Zone for college, we never leave them. We continue to support them as needed while they’re in college and working as young professionals.