Our Mosaics: Stories of Community, Culture, and Self
Personal Narratives from the 4th and 5th grade students at New York City's PS 175, PS 154, PS 115, PS 161
A collaboration between the... More > Office of School and Community Partnerships and the Student Press Initiative at Teachers College Columbia University.
This mosaic of stories offers the creative and real life experiences of fourth and fifth graders from four schools in the Harlem area of New York City. The writers of these stories are young and vibrant and with their words they transport us to a place inside ourselves—a place where we can see the world we traverse through their inquisitive and sincere eyes. This view they share with us allows us to set aside our burdens for a while and see only the beauty and joy they offer, and in doing so these young writers bind us together to form a rich humanity that is present in all of us.< Less
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama proposed an initiative to combat urban poverty called Promise Neighborhoods. A Promise Neighborhood (PN) is a multifaceted anti-poverty program... More > that addresses the needs of children and their families in areas of concentrated poverty.
Obama drew inspiration from the accomplishments of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). HCZ, founded by Geoffrey Canada, is a results-driven, place-based initiative that aims to break the generational cycle of poverty and transform Harlem.
From January through July 2009, the Chicago Policy Research Team (CPRT) in the Public Policy Studies Program at the University of Chicago analyzed the possibility of implementing a Promise Neighborhood in Chicago through policy analysis and extensive field research. This report summarizes the CPRT’s findings and recommendations.< Less