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Obama Announces New Initiative Inspired in Part by City Program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama announced Thursday a new national education effort inspired in part by a city program.

The president launched the Promise Zone Initiative while sharing the stage with students and educators from the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy.

The program provides free services to families in the neighborhood, including schools, parenting workshops and health programs.

It's a model that the president said will be duplicated elsewhere.

One lucky Promise Academy student got the honor of introducing the president at the event.

"I hope the country will create more places like the Harlem Children's Zone so other neighborhoods can help their kids succeed," said Kiara Molina, a student with the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy

"A child's course in life should be determined not by the zip code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams," Obama said. "Each of these communities is prepared to do what it takes to change the odds for their kids."

The initiative will start with five zones in cities across the country.

Public and private groups will work to improve education, reduce poverty, create jobs and increase public safety.

The president said that he will launch 15 more Promise Zones in the next three years. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP