What We Do
Poverty is often the result of a series of interconnected, systemic failures. This is why Harlem Children’s Zone roots out poverty on every front, block by block, and need for need to strengthen the foundations and potential of neighborhoods.
Our cradle-to-career pathway of comprehensive services empowers our scholars, families, and communities with the opportunities needed to achieve life-changing social and economic mobility.
How We Do It
We offer responsive services and supports for everyone—from expectant parents, to children of all ages, to young professionals, and all the way to senior citizens.
Building Up Our Youngest
Our early childhood development programs open pathways and possibilities for even the youngest among us and their families. We offer multiple supports to ensure children reach the developmental milestones necessary for future learning and success.
Promise Academy® Charter Schools
Building Up Promising Futures
Using HCZ’s wraparound network of supports at Promise Academy®, we do whatever it takes to make sure our students enroll in college and thrive in careers.
Building Up Purpose
Every child has unlimited potential. Our youth programs are designed to reach every child with the support needed to discover interests, pursue passions, and achieve goals.
College and Career
Building Up Professional Lives
While our students may leave the Zone for college, we never leave them. We continue to support them however we can while they’re in college and working as young professionals.
Why We Do It
We believe every child deserves equity, justice, opportunity, and a promising future. We do whatever it takes to ensure this reality for all children of Central Harlem.
Our approach directly reflects our community—we listen and respond. Our work requires constant change and adaptation in order to remain of greatest relevance and service to our community. By successfully and systematically closing opportunity gaps in Harlem, we have also widened pathways to mobility and are transforming the way practitioners and policymakers address poverty nationwide and across the globe. We’re onto something—and we won’t stop.