The Hunts Point Alliance for Children’s theory of change is simple. We believe that a healthier neighborhood begins with a broad-based commitment to the educational, health and social welfare needs and concerns of its children. Create a culture of educating and caring for children and everything else will follow.
It is not easy. Essential roles must be played by families, community resources, including nonprofit organizations, local businesses and the physical infrastructure such as parks and playgrounds, and especially schools, which must provide strong academic as well as cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities.
The key to change in Hunts Point is to help these diverse stakeholders work together to improve the welfare of neighborhood children and ultimately our entire community. It is not so much the existence of these resources, but ways in which they can engage their mutual strengths, that is important.