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About Peacemakers

For over 20 years, HCZ’s Peacemakers program has partnered directly with select Harlem public elementary and middle schools to support student growth and achievement. As the lead Community Based Organization (CBO) for PS 149,PS 76, PS 197, and CS 154, we provide substantial in-school and after-school support, as well as summer programming, to 2,900 students annually.

We believe all children have unlimited potential and can reach it, so long as they are committed to constant growth and learning. Our mission is to provide wraparound academic supports and a number of enrichment opportunities that help Harlem’s children build character, engage in teamwork, partake in healthy competition, and benefit from unique exposure opportunities.

We do this by prioritizing relationships — with students, with their families, and with educators at our partner schools. To be as responsive as needed, provide individualized support, and encourage students to follow their interests, we must first know students and their families. Our team takes time to learn about our students, what they care about, and what their dreams are. We also routinely engage their families, as children see more achievement gains when their parents and caretakers are tuned into their school life.

Our Services

  • Targeted academic supports
  • Enrichment activities in STEM, civics, and art
  • Health and wellness workshops for students and families
  • Real-world relevant learning experiences to promote college, career, and life readiness
  • Advocacy case management
  • Resources and assistance for parents and caretakers

For Families

We care deeply about building relationships with our students’ families. We engage families through workshops and meetings and proactive outreach as needed. We also make a point to be accessible when families are navigating challenging circumstances, such as a child’s school dismissal.

Enrollment in Peacemakers unlocks benefits to families, including:

  • After-school programming
  • Summer programming
  • Social services support
  • Health and wellness programming

Partner Schools and Program Hours

Our partner schools are: PS 149, PS 76, PS 197, and CS 154. We meet and work with our students at their school campuses.

The Peacemaker Program generally operates:

  • Mondays – Fridays:  2:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the after-school program
  • Mondays – Fridays:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the summer camp program


If your child attends one of our partner schools, reach out if you’d like to learn more about our offering and how students can enroll.

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