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Publicolor deliberately focuses on low-income students who are at high risk of dropping out. While other organizations work with high-achievers, our longterm project-based learning model engages struggling students in their education and guides them toward success.

24,000+ disadvantaged students experienced Publicolor programming that empowered them to stay in school and achieve in life.

323 New York City schools and 254 under-resourced community sites Publicolored.

25% of NYC public school buildings revitalized with color, design, and community collaboration.

1.2 million students visually impacted by our transformations that brightened their schools. 


Each year, we estimate that 1 million people are nourished by visual beauty at school and  

community site transformations.

Publicolor 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 FY2022 vs. 4.8% of their school peers.

100% on-time high school graduation rate in FY2022 vs. 86% in NYC public schools.


100% of Publicolor graduates went on to college or post-secondary accreditation vs. 60% of their school peers.

95% of our students graduated high school college-ready, not requiring remedial classes in their first year of college in FY2023, vs. 62% of their school peers.


100% first-year college retention rate for Publicolor graduates in FY2022 vs. 61% at CUNY schools.

76% of our students complete their college degree within 6 years since 2005 compared to 11% of students from 

high-poverty households. 

89% of our alums are employed, despite the pandemic.

4,164 packages of healthy food were delivered to students and their families. 79% of Publicolor students reported experiencing food insecurity.

6,812 hours of online tutoring were given by 129 tutors ensuring our students stayed engaged, connected, and supported in FY2022.

Over 27,000 corporate, community and college volunteers were engaged in painting public schools alongside our students, and tutoring and mentoring them since 1996.

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