About Practitioners Institute

We’ve learned several lessons and had multiple successes over the years. We are committed to helping others benefit from the wisdom we’ve gained as they build their solutions to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in their communities.

In 2003, we created the Practitioners Institute to share information about our work, teach best practices, and provide pivotal guidance to groups from across the U.S. and around the world invested in replicating our model.

We strongly believe that our comprehensive, place-based approach to educating children and rebuilding an entire community will help transform neighborhoods struggling with issues like poverty, poor health, failing schools, and high crime rates. The key is strategically applying our core principles, not recreating our exact programs. Each community has unique needs to be addressed and resources to capitalize on in building a pipeline to serve local children and families at scale.

553

U.S. communities we’ve hosted for workshops

201

International delegations have joined the Institute

79

Countries represented in the Institute

Who Should Apply to the Institute?

We welcome all public officials, educators, and nonprofit leaders — with an interest in building up learning, success, support systems, health, and well-being opportunities in their communities — to apply. For a nominal fee, community delegations can attend a three-hour or three-day workshop.

Since 2003, the Institute has hosted workshops for 553 U.S. communities from 269 cities from Baltimore to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma; and 201 international delegations from 79 countries such as Indonesia, Romania, and Singapore.

Practitioner’s Institute International Map of countries who have visited

Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Cyprus
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Ethiopia
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Guinea

Haiti
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Lithuania
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan

Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Rwanda
Senegal
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Zimbabwe

Impact

The success of our approach has garnered the attention of community and government leaders nationwide and inspired federal initiatives. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama pledged to create a comprehensive anti-poverty program inspired by the HCZ model to help improve the outcomes of children in distressed communities. In 2010, President Obama launched the Promise Neighborhoods program as part of his Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

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Promise Neighborhoods Program

  • Overseen by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Provides federal funding to distressed communities to help them build cradle-to-career pipelines with high-quality, data-driven educational, community, health, and social services to support children and families and significantly improve their outcomes.
  • More than 850 applications for funding have been submitted from 48 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico.

Promise Neighborhoods Institute

U.S. Map of HCZ National Impact including Promise Neighborhoods and Practitioners Institute visits

Other Initiatives Inspired by HCZ

  • In 2010, the Obama administration also launched the Choice Neighborhoods program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Focuses on revitalizing public and HUD-assisted housing to promote economically-sustainable, mixed-income communities.
  • In 2014, President Obama announced a new Promise Zones Initiative to help create jobs and increase economic security in 20+ communities through greater access to resources and strong federal partnerships with local business and community leaders.

…with the help of some very dedicated adults and a program called the Harlem Children’s Zone, [Harlem’s children are] right on track to go to college…They’re changing the odds in this neighborhood.

President Obama

January 2014, announcing the Promise Zones initiative

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