National Leadership

Our vision has always been to help vulnerable communities across the world close opportunity gaps and open pathways of success and self-sufficiency.

Scaling the Model

We’ve learned a lot in our decades of serving the community of Central Harlem. Our generation of evidence demonstrates that we can transform lives and communities through place-based interventions and culturally responsive programs that create pathways to success and self-sufficiency.

As part of our vision, we are working to help other under-resourced communities do the same. To that end, we have three programs to assist community leaders and educators across the world seeking to achieve similar outcomes. From deep learning opportunities to turnkey frameworks that can be adapted to local needs, we’re committed to sharing our knowledge and providing support to those who are passionate about rooting our poverty and unlocking opportunity.

National Efforts

As part of our national leadership approach, we have undertaken a series of critical initiatives to support under-resourced communities across the country, particularly communities of color disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


One Decision for Us

We know that the people in our community ⁠— and communities like ours across the country ⁠— have questions about the Covid-19 vaccines and want to learn more before making the decision to get vaccinated.

That’s why we launched One Decision for Us through Harlem Children’s Zone William Julius Wilson Institute, with support from our friends at the Dalio Center for Health Justice NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

With One Decision for Us, we aim to empower our communities with the information and understanding they need to make the decision to get the vaccine for their loved ones and our communities.

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One Million Connected Devices Now

The shift to online learning has disrupted education for students across the country. But for communities of color, the challenge is particularly acute. Long-standing inequities have left many communities without access to technologies — including laptops and Wi-Fi connections — needed to engage in online learning.

Harlem Children’s Zone has partnered with a coalition of best-in-class companies, led by Proctor & Gamble, to lead a nationwide movement to bridge the digital divide.


COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

A man and woman exchange produce at a farmers market

COVID-19 hit Black communities disproportionately hard. Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) took swift and broad action to hit back.

On short order, HCZ developed a five-pronged emergency response and recovery plan in Harlem — a critical lifeline to close resource gaps and address vulnerabilities in our community.

So impactful was our work that The Audacious Project at TED selected Harlem Children’s Zone as one of its prestigious 2020 project grantees, making a generous $26 million commitment towards our goal of raising $50 million to supercharge our COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in six other communities around the country. The William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children’s Zone is the platform for this national effort.

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