Promise Project

When Learning is Difficult, Everything is Difficult

Promise Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children with learning disabilities (LD) get the support they need to learn. 

"Emmanuel's Story" by Douglas Sloan is licensed under CC by ICONTENT 


For children living in poverty, undiagnosed and untreated learning disabilities are the underlying source of so many struggles. Left untreated, learning disabilities often lead to devastating outcomes, including debilitating low self-esteem, drug use, teenage pregnancy, crime and lifelong poverty.

Learning disabilities have nothing to do with how smart a child is – a learning disability is simply a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to process information in a traditional way. But without the proper assessment and supports – which are nearly impossible for poor families to access – learning and pursuing a life of opportunity becomes nearly impossible.


We know that when children receive effective support early enough, they can achieve success in school and beyond.

Most children with LD have the aptitude for a life of success, but it takes testing, advocacy, and educational services to unlock their potential – not readily available for families living in poverty.

Promise Project has joined forces with Columbia University Irving Medical Center in conjunction with New York – Presbyterian Hospital to create the most comprehensive program in New York City committed to providing an educational path for underprivileged children with LD: PROMISE at Columbia.


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