In 2005, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer sent a team of city sta to New York City to visit Harlem Children’s Zone, a pioneering program that was successfully “moving the needle” on the academic, social, and economic success of Harlem’s children. Convinced by what they saw, Mayor Dyer decided to replicate the Harlem project in Orlando’s Parramore Heritage Neighborhood.
In July 2006, after raising public and private dollars, Mayor Dyer launched Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) in Orlando to level the playing field for Parramore’s children, equipping them to become successful, healthy, well-educated adults. PKZ aims to reduce juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and high school drop-out rates in Orlando’s highest poverty neighborhood, and ultimately replicate this model in other Orlando neighborhoods.
Read the entire story in the January/February 2019 issue of ONYX Magazine.