The Harlem Children 's Zone Project Essay

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This summer I worked in New York City at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which is a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families in Central Harlem, providing free support in the forms of parenting workshops, a pre-school program, three public charter schools, child-oriented health programs that serve approximately 13,705 children and 13,784 adults (HCZ Reports). The Harlem Children’s Zone Project has expanded the HCZ’s comprehensive system of programs to nearly 100 blocks of Central Harlem and aims to keep children on track throughout college and into the job market. The organization is made-up of a seamless pipeline of programs that ensure there are no gaps in-between one phase to the next. For instance, if a student needs to take a year off before attending college, HCZ has created programs that will stick with the student during this time frame, in other words providing these students with a strong support group holding them accountable to attend college in the future. The HCZ is “aimed at doing nothing less than breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and families it serves.” The HCZ has created a model for education reform and in the recent documentary Waiting for Superman, have been criticized as an example of the privatization of education in the United States. I worked as a specialized teaching artist with students who attend the award-winning, The Renaissance University for Community Education (TRUCE) Media and…

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