20 West 36th Street, Floor 9
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212.213.6121
Fax: 212.213.6131


Unlike most other youth organizations that 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.

249 NYC schools and 239 under-resourced community sites have been Publicolored since 1996, affecting 894,000 students + teachers and 2,580,000 residents of low-income communities.

19,000+ at-risk students were 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 2016-2017, while the NYC dropout rate was 9.5% for minority peers in 2017.

Publicolor had a 96% on-time high school graduation rate in 2017 vs. 66% of their peers at NYC public.

100% of Publicolor graduates now attend post-secondary schooling vs. 67% of low-income peers nationwide.

Publicolor has 98% first-year college retention rate for graduates vs. 66% at CUNY citywide


85% of our 2017 students graduated high school college-ready, not requiring remedial classes in their first year of college, vs. 19% of their school peers.

Over 25,000 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 100% of our students healthy and plentiful snacks and meals 6 days a week. These often serve as their most substantial meals of the day.