An innovative project in Harlem has helped thousands of children and families, starting just as a one-block pilot initiative in the 1990s.

The Harlem children's zone

The Harlem Children’s Zone was created to address a whole range of factors affecting children and families in the area.

Tackling issues of poor housing quality, high drug use, low educational achievement, violent crime, and chronic health problems. What began as a one-block pilot in the 1990s has grown to cover 97 blocks.

The ultimate goal of the project is to break the cycle of generational poverty by enabling young people to reach college graduation. With thousands of students benefiting from the program, it has a proven track record of success.

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