Only a few days after the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone visited Oklahoma City, President Barack Obama announced a $10 million competitive grant to replicate the zone’s success.
The Harlem Children’s Zone is a non-profit organization in Harlem that serves 10,000 children and approximately 7,000 parents in a 97-block area of Harlem.
The privately funded $75 million-a-year operation has produced academic results from some of the area’s poorest children that have astonished long-time educators.
Obama’s grant will provide up to $500,000 for 20 organizations across the nation to create “promise neighborhoods” modeled after Canada’s.
Geoffrey Canada spoke to local educators Wednesday at the Petroleum Club about the need for action to end the education crisis in America.
Read tomorrow’s Oklahoman for information about what local agencies will be applying for this grant due in June.