In April 2007, Mayor John Peyton, members of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission board and staff, and other community leaders traveled to Harlem, New York to learn more about the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ), and it’s HCZ Project. Under the leadership of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, a Steering Committee was formed to help develop a neighborhood project in Jacksonville that will use the strategies behind the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone in a unique and specific way that will reflect Jacksonville’s unique cultural, geographic and economic character. While the scale of the Harlem Children’s Zone and its ability to raise significant funding from the community around it are nearly impossible to replicate in Jacksonville, this project would use the combined strategies of powerfully linking and rigorously evaluating key services for children to positively change child outcomes.
New Town Success Zone (NTSZ) is a partnership of public and private organizations that are developing a continuum of services to help children and their families living in the New Town neighborhood achieve the goals of healthy development, academic success and well-being of the neighborhood’s children. The mission of the New Town Success Zone is to provide a place-based continuum of services from prenatal to college or post secondary training for the children and their families living in the neighborhood.