Publicolor selects students who evidence key indicators for being at high risk of not completing school. While other organizations work with high-achievers, our longterm project-based learning model engages disaffected students in their education and guides them toward success.

296 New York City schools and 247 under-resourced community sites Publicolored since 1996 affecting over 

1.2 million students, parents + teachers and over 4 million residents of low-income communities.

24,000+ at-risk students enrolled in our gateway program, Paint Club, since 1996.

100% of our students devote 300 hours each year to community service.


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 2019-2020 vs. 9.4% of their school peers.

100% on-time high school graduation rate in 2019 vs. 73% in NYC public schools.


100% of Publicolor graduates went on to college or post-secondary accreditation vs. 68% of their school peers.

91% of our students graduated high school college-ready, not requiring remedial classes in their first year of college in 2020, vs. 55% of their school peers.


100% first-year college retention rate for Publicolor graduates vs. 63% at CUNY schools.

74% of our students complete their college degree within 6 years compared to 15% of students from 

high-poverty households.


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 79% of Publicolor students experience food insecurity (even higher since COVID). 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.

Since COVID hit, we’ve been delivering food multiple times a week to 70 student households feeding 500 people in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan.