Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
536 East 82nd Street, Suite 5F
New York, NY 10028
Harlem Children Society (HCS) is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an innovative science education program for children and youth living in under-resourced and under-served communities and school districts worldwide. We seek to engage learners in a healthy inquiry of the world by exposing them to opportunities that are available in the field of science. Through mentorship, we seek to emphasize the pursuit of higher education and career achievement by providing students with knowledge, skills, guidance, encouragement, and understanding. By combining scientific literacy with comprehensive awareness of diverse social issues, we ultimately seek to enhance tolerance, peace, and harmony within the global community. HCS works with students from communities in all of New York City's five boroughs, with satellite programs in New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana, and Hopi Indian reservations in Arizona. Currently, we are also serving 300 students in New York City alone. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, HCS is now one of the biggest and best programs of it's kind in the United States with a growing international presence. Some of our participating students have been awarded such honors as the Gates Millennium Scholarship, New York Times Scholarship ($30,000), and several Posse Scholarships ($100,000 each), among other distinctive awards. To date, 100% of HCS students go on to college with over 20% attending Ivy League university and 80% majoring in science and/or math. Some participating students have been published in medical journals, written scientific presentations, and participated in top scientific symposia. Graduates are encouraged to 'pay it forward' by continuing their involvement with the new generations of HCS students, creating a cycle of hard work, achievement, and giving back to ones community. We stand firm in the conviction that education is not only achieved within the parameters of a traditional academic experience; rather, a students' experience in the home and community environment have a deep impact on a child's development and interest in learning and achieving. With this in mind, HCS also focuses on integrating its programs with the socio-economic culture of the neighborhoods we serve, promoting science education and awareness within the community through theater, local music, dance, art, and other forms of entertainment. HCS students are also encouraged to participate in summer science street fairs to show case their achievements to their own neighbors and family members.