Lafayette 148 New York's partnership with PROMISE PROJECT helps fund programs that assist children with learning disabilities from disadvantaged families obtain an education.


The PROMISE PROJECT supports a program at Columbia University Medical Center, which offers state-of-the-art neuropsychological evaluations for underprivileged children. These early evaluations provide accurate diagnoses so that each child receives appropriate educational interventions and services to help them succeed in school. The program offers legal advocacy, assistance with school placement, tutoring, and treatment.


Children from Harlem, Washington Heights and Bronx neighborhoods are currently enrolled in the PROMISE Program, but many more are in need of support. Thousands of children in New

York City schools suffer from learning disabilities and more than 80% of these children will drop out before they receive a high school diploma. In addition, the PROMISE PROJECT has tasked researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, in conjunction with New York – Presbyterian Hospital, to develop low-cost prevention and intervention programs. With the potential for these programs to be replicated around the country. The PROMISE PROJECT is working hard to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to learn.


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PROMISE PROJECT is an independent, tax exempt, charitable partner organization of the Fund for the City of New York.