Why We Exist
Our Mission, Core Beliefs, and Values
HCZ breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty with on-the ground, all-around programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work and life.
Intergenerational poverty is often the result of a series of interconnected systemic failures. This is why Harlem Children’s Zone strengthens the foundations of neighborhoods by rooting out poverty on every front—block by block, need for need.
Our pioneering place-based model has grown to scale and serves tens of thousands of children and families in Central Harlem — and beyond.