Paint Club, our gateway program for middle and high school students, is the first step in a continuum of programs guiding at-risk youth through high school and into college—an innovative approach that applies color, design and design thinking to promote academic success, job readiness and community service.
–Teacher, Edward Reynolds High School
Our work begins with the simple act of picking up a paintbrush. As students complete the colorful revitalization of their own school, they create a learning environment filled with a sense of pride and safety, and a warm and welcoming space for an entire community.
Students in the continuum programs apply their painting skills each week at transformations of other under-funded schools and community facilities.
With each school revitalization and every one of our tutoring sessions, career workshops, summer design classes, and college tours, the number of Publicolor success stories grows. Having transformed their own lives and communities, our students continue to deliver results with impact.
The on-time graduation rate of our high school seniors in 2016 (100% of these students enrolled in college)
The total number of NYC public schools + community facilities that have been transformed by Publicolor since 1996
The average societal benefits each high school student who graduates 1
These are the people we’re proud to say inspire us. Since the founding of Publicolor in 1996, our students have shown an incredible drive to become their greatest selves and serve as role models for the next generation.
–Aaron Rashid Lewis, 2015 Publicolor Graduate
Our work is possible thanks to a full spectrum of individual, foundation, corporate and government donors. We couldn’t do it without you!
Our employees are the catalysts making a difference in our students’ lives. Whether working at the Publicolor office or on site at schools and community facilities, our staff are the movers, shakers, dreamers and cheerleaders who make things happen.
–Robert Vinci, Evaluation Manager
Be part of a Publicolor transformation: Grab your friends and coworkers, pick up a brush, and see what it feels like to turn a dreary, institutional space into a bright and happy learning environment.
We are also looking for committed individuals to serve as tutors and mentors during the critical years before college and careers.
None of this would be possible without the generosity of people like you! Consider joining PublicolorSpectrum, our yearlong membership program with special perks, with a donation of $100 or more. Make a special gift in honor of a Publicolor student or supporter. Or learn more about planned giving and sponsorship opportunities.