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.
240 NYC schools and 231 under-resourced community sites have been Publicolored since 1996, affecting 890,000 students + teachers and 2.5 million 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. 69% 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.