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  • Founded in 2004 in East Harlem

  • Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS) is part of the Cristo Rey Network of 37 schools across the U.S.

  • Offers students from low-income communities an affordable, high quality college-preparatory education and real-life work experience

  • CRNYHS alumni are 5x more likely to earn a college degree than similarly situated peers

COVID-19 and Systemic Inequity:

  • CRNYHS quickly transitioned to distance learning in March

  • As Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) partners moved to remote work, students transitioned to professional development training led by CWSP 

  • COVID-19 has devastated low-income communities of color across the country, especially those neighborhoods our students call home

  • Our families have faced illness and death, unemployment, food insecurity, difficult living situations, and lack of technology for education

  • Amidst all these challenges, our students have persisted.

    • Daily attendance rate was 98%

    • 81 students graduated this year, 100% of whom will matriculate at four-year colleges and universities

Cases in New York City Per Capita

1 in 4

of New York City's Asian, Black and Hispanic workers was unemployed in June 2020, compared with about one of every nine white workers


Black and Latino Americans are three times more likely than white Americans to contract COVID-19, and are nearly twice as likely to die from it


of workers living in a household earning $40,000 or less have lost work, compared to only 13% in those making more than $100,000

The Immediate Challenge:

  • We are faced with severe revenue uncertainty as we plan for the 2020-2021 academic year (AY2021)

  • CWSP is the cornerstone of our mission and accounts for approximately 40% of our annual budget

    • Because our CWSP partners face their own COVID-19 challenges, many have been unable to commit to the program for AY2021. While we work to find new ways to partner with companies for AY2021, our CWSP revenue stream remains at grave risk.

  • Due to the financial strains our families are facing from COVID-19, we expect to distribute an increased amount of financial aid and in some cases tuition forgiveness.

  • We must be prepared for both in-person and distance learning

    • This requires us to invest simultaneously in physical safety measures (retrofitting our facility, purchasing cleaning equipment and protective gear) and strengthening our distance learning program (purchasing reliable learning devices for our students, remote learning software and professional development for our teachers).


CRNYHS is launching the Resilience Fund to overcome these challenges. 

Goal: As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year (SY2021), we are faced with severe revenue uncertainty and increased costs due to COVID-19. The Resilience Fund, targeted at $3 million, will ensure CRNYHS’s ability to operate for SY2021, fulfilling its mission of providing a high caliber college-preparatory education and workplace experience to students from low-income communities of color. The Resilience Fund will help meet the exceptional needs and extraordinary funding shortfall created by COVID-19 for SY2021. 

Support our resilient Cristo Rey Lions and help us reach our goal!

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