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HCZ Responds to COVID-19

In the last several days, HCZ staffers prepared 4,000 packages of food supplies for our families. Then, on four different days, dozens of our HCZ staffers woke up early to donate their time and distribute two weeks’ worth of non-perishable food supplies to members of the community.

Geoffrey Canada discusses the impact of COVID-19 on education (MSNBC)

“We need to spend time talking with parents and helping them figure out how to protect and nurture children under these dramatic and difficult circumstances.” On MSNBC with Ali Velshi, HCZ President and founder Geoffrey Canada discusses the impact of COVID-19 on our children’s educations,…

Promise Academy Students Featured on the Today Show

Promise Academy I appeared in a live segment on NBC’s Today Show and were gifted hundreds of books thanks to co-host Jenna Bush Hager. As part of a partnership with the nonprofit Room to Read and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Kappa undergrads visited Promise…

HCZ featured in

Ultimately we must ensure that all neighborhoods provide access to opportunity. Promising demonstrations, like the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, have transformed communities and the lives of many black youth. But more work is needed to better understand how to create such neighborhood…

Harlem Children’s Zone announces appointment of new CEO

The Board of Trustees of the Harlem Children’s Zone announced the appointment of Kwame Owusu-Kesse to Chief Executive Officer ushering in a new chapter in the leadership of the groundbreaking nonprofit. Read the press release here. Read coverage in the  Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

Art Auction to benefit HCZ

Forty pieces of Bill Traylor’s art will go on view at the David Zwirner Gallery’s Upper East Side space in an exhibition whose proceeds will mostly go toward the Harlem Children’s Zone. The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, started by Mr. Louis-Dreyfus in 2013 with the fortune…

HCZ and CEO Anne Williams-Isom Featured in the Economist

Harlem is a neighborhood in upper Manhattan that was once a byword for poverty, crime and urban failure. It was a place where, as recently as 1980, black men had a lower life expectancy than in Bangladesh. Large parts of it look different today. Life…