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About Geoffrey Canada Community Center

The Geoffrey Canada Community Center (GCCC), formerly known as the HCZ Community Center, opened its doors to the community in 2004. The center is also home to Promise Academy® II Middle School and High School.

During the school day, both Promise Academy® II Middle School and High School service approximately 500 scholars in total. By 4 pm, the GCCC is home to the Promise Academy® II Teen After School Program, offering arts enrichment and leadership development to Promise Academy® scholars.

Additionally, the GCCC provides a space for members of our community to gather for group activities, social support, public information, and other purposes. The building has on-site safety officers 24 hours a day, allowing GCCC to be a safe haven for our scholars and all those who visit.

Our center is open to the entire Harlem community, and all activities are free.

Classes and Events

We enjoy hosting events and opportunities for community members to come together, develop friendships, learn, and have fun. Please contact us for schedules and upcoming programming.

Select Offerings for Adults

  • Several aerobics and fitness classes
  • Salsa dance class
  • Modern dance class
  • Karate
  • Bingo
  • Fitness classes for HCZ staff
  • Basketball for HCZ staff

Select Offerings for Children and Families

  • Basketball class(for children under 12)
  • Fitness classes
  • Karate
  • Salsa dance class
  • Modern dance class

Select Community-Wide Offerings

  • Movie screenings
  • Panels and discussions
  • Job fairs
  • Youth summits and leadership conferences
  • Karaoke
  • Silent party
  • Carnivals
  • Donation drives

Signature Geoffrey Canada Community Center Events

  • Annual Boo Bash (end of October)
  • Holiday Concert (end of November/beginning of December)
  • Mother’s Day Big Hat Brunch (Mother’s Day)
  • Daddy Daughter Dance: Ties & Tiaras (Father’s Day)
  • All-White Pop-Up Party (end of June)
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Services Offered

Community members can seek our assistance when it’s time to file taxes — and even when it’s time for Thanksgiving turkey.

  • Tax Preparation
  • Turkey Giveaways

Community Center Partnerships

We connect WSCC visitors to our partners across HCZ to access the support, learning, and resources they may need.

  • HCZ Community Pride: job fairs & interview screenings
  • Community Advisory Board: monthly meetings
  • Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) and Narcotics Anonymous(NA): weekly meetings
  • HCZ Healthy Harlem: health and wellness fairs
  • HCZ Baby College®: classes for select cycles
  • HCZ Social Services: bereavement workshops
  • Central Park Conservancy: panel event

Location and Hours

Find Us: 35 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035

Monday – Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A note to visitors: To maintain a safe environment for you and our neighbors, participants in WSCC events are required to complete an HCZ intake registration form and participant agreement and abide by the regulations set forth by HCZ. A valid state ID is required for entry into the facility.


Please reach out with any questions or if you would like to learn about upcoming programming at GCCC.

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