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Pharrell makes a promise to our Promise Academy HS grads.

Pharrell isn’t just an award-winning artist, fashion designer, and philanthropist – today he was the commencement speaker for the Promise Academy Class of 2019. Pharrell inspired our graduates to enlighten and motivate others but to also be self-aware and innovative.

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What Children Need

What our 13,500+ children at HCZ need is…you! Visit to make a gift to the Harlem Children’s Zone.

100% College Acceptance at HCZ Promise Academy!

Last month, both our Promise Academy high schools had all of their seniors accepted to at least one college. This was the first Promise Academy I graduating class to have begun with us at kindergarten. It was the first graduating class for Promise Academy II…

CEO Anne Williams-Isom on CUNY TV

On November 30, 2016, CEO Anne Williams-Isom appeared on the City University of New York Television series  “Black America,” hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Carol Jenkins.  Watch their in-depth conversation about HCZ’s pioneering work with over 12,000 children in a 97-block Zone in Central Harlem

FLOTUS Celebrates College Signing Day in the Zone

On Wednesday, April 26th, HCZ was honored to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama, MTV and Viacom’s Get Schooled initiative, a host of celebrities, and 4,000+ New York City high-school students to our very own Harlem Armory to celebrate National College Signing Day 2016. Part of…

Promise Academy Student Named a Finalist in Crayola Art Expo

We are thrilled to announce that Hawa, a 4th grader at Promise Academy II, has been chosen as a finalist in Crayola’s Creativity Connects the World 2015-2016 Art Exhibition! Hawa’s work (pictured above) was selected from Pre-K through 12th grade student submissions around the world…