From our Education and Youth Programs to Center for Higher Education and Career Support (CHECS), Reyna Erika Bonaparte went through nearly the entire Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) pipeline. She came out the other side with her college degree and her dream career.
Now an adult, Reyna is back at HCZ — this time, with her son, Ezzie, who is accessing the resources he needs to build a bright future.
“As a young Black boy, to see Black teachers, to be in a community of successful Black people, that changes how you view yourself,” says Reyna, a theater professional, teaching artist, and poet. “I’m excited Ezzie is having that from the very beginning.”
Reyna is among the many successful scholars — all grown up now and with children of their own — who are returning to HCZ to enroll their young ones in our Education and Youth Programs. HCZ helped Reyna build a bright future for herself. Now she’s doing the same for her son.
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