Unlike most other youth organizations who focus on high-achieving, low-income students, Publicolor deliberately targets low-income students who are at high risk of dropping out. Our project-based learning model succeeds in engaging them in their education.
280 New York City schools and 244 under-resourced community sites Publicolored since 1996 affecting over
1.1 million students, parents + teachers and over 2.9 million residents of low-income communities.
23,000+ at-risk students enrolled in our gateway program, Paint Club, since 1996.
100% of our students transitioned on time from 8th to 9th and from 9th to 10th grade.
No Publicolor student dropped out of school in 2018-2019, while the NYC dropout rate was 8% for minority peers.
100% on-time high school graduation rate in 2019 vs. 64% in NYC public schools.
100% of Publicolor graduates went on to college or post-secondary accreditation vs. 57% of their school peers.
100% first-year college retention rate for Publicolor graduates vs. 63% at CUNY schools.
83% of our students graduated high school college-ready, not requiring remedial classes in their first year of college in 2019, vs. 49% of their school peers.
Over 27,000 corporate, community and college volunteers were engaged in painting public schools alongside our students, and tutoring and mentoring them since 1996.
More than 68% of Publicolor students experience food insecurity. We provide healthy and plentiful snacks and meals to 100% of our students attending a Publicolor program 6 days a week. These often serve as their most substantial meal of the day.