Harlem Children’s Zone
About the Organization:
HCZ is a community-based organization serving over 17,000 children living in a 100 city-block area in Harlem NYC. By addressing the needs of the entire community, HCZ isn’t simply helping children beat the odds, it’s helping to change the odds. The organization was recently recognized by President Barack Obama for its efforts and his administration proposed that $10 million of the 2010 national budget be used to model similar programs across the nation.
About A-List’s Program at HCZ:
Starting in the 2010-2011 school year, A-List assumed responsibility for all of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) SAT test prep after all students who attended eight classes or more of A-List instruction in the spring improved by over 210 points. Most recently, A-List has partnered with HCZ to provide additional classroom support to their teachers in the areas of Math, English, and Science.
Dr. James M.
…There is a need for the type of program you have developed to be made available to every child regardless of income. This is why I have brought A-List into school districts I have been fortunate enough to lead: to train our teachers and provide the support necessary to improve our students’ scores.
A-List was engaging and substantive for our students. Each week our Dreamers were completely immersed in the class’s content…The sessions were poignant, enjoyable, and challenging and exactly what I had hoped for my Dreamers.
This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.