The Harlem Children’s Zone – Proven Results

A long/short equity portfolio manager with Kellner Capital, LLC, Louis Gregory Rice has over 25 years of experience in equity investments and the financial inductry. While working as the managing director at Lazard Freres and Company, Louis Gregory Rice created an internship program for students from the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through a combination of education and health, family, and community improvement, the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) has helped the Central Harlem area since 1970. The HCZ method is designed to create a pathway to success for children, extending from early childhood through college and beyond. To gauge its success, the organization sets more than 600 goals every year and evaluates the program based on the results, which in turn drives HCZ’s activities and practices in order to ensure that every child has the best opportunities possible. With 70 percent of children in Central Harlem participating in HCZ programs, it served almost 27,000 children in 2014 alone.

Since 2003, the Harlem Children’s Zone has worked to spread its programs nationwide through the Practitioners Institute. Interested community delegations can enroll in a three-hour or three-day workshop to learn about HCZ’s place-based, whole-life approach. In the past 10 years, the Institute has hosted some 600 delegations from the United States and around the world.


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