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Our Stories

Learn about the work we do and why we do it from members of the HCZ team.

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Our Leadership & Trustees

Get to know our senior leadership team and Board of Trustees.

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Geoffrey Canada

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Our Mission & Values

The Harlem Children’s Zone started with one mission that was the most ambitious and audacious in U.S. history: to end intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem and lead the way for other long-distressed communities nationwide and around the world to do the same.

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Our Purpose

We break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with comprehensive, on-the-ground programming that builds opportunities for children, families, and communities.

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News & Resources

Stay up to date with the latest news and resources from Harlem Children's Zone

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COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Together with leading national and community-based institutions in six major American cities, Harlem Children’s Zone has supercharged efforts to provide COVID-19 relief and recovery to Black communities that have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic.

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Stay Covered for Each Other

Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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William Julius Wilson Institute

Place-based, people-focused solutions to open pathways to social and economic mobility in neighborhoods across America.

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