Harlem Children's Zone

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a community-based project designed to break generational poverty through a comprehensive birth-to-college pipeline of education, social services and community-building programmes that help children get to and through college, enter the professional world and build skills for successful futures.

United States
Impact indicators


  • In 2015-2016, more than 13,000 children and 12,000 adults participated in HCZ’s programmes.



  • In 2016, 96% of HCZ high school seniors were accepted to college.
  • In the same year, 90% of HCZ high school students and 73% of HCZ middle school students had school attendance that met or exceeded the New York City average.


Geoffrey Canada.
Jefferson Award for Public Service (2007). Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education (2004). Brennan Legacy Award, New York University (2002). First Heinz Award (1994).

In 2018, the initiative was presented in Rotterdam within the framework of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project to study its local implementation.