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Geoffrey Canada

Educator, Social Activist and Author. Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Geoffrey Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, for the past 20 years. Canada is nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Today, Canada’s Zone Project covers 100 blocks in Harlem and aims to serve over 10,000 children…

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Geoffrey Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, for the past 20 years. Canada is nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Today, Canada’s Zone Project covers 100 blocks in Harlem and aims to serve over 10,000 children with a comprehensive range of services by 2011.

Canada has written two books: Fist Stick Knife Gun (Beacon Press, 1995) and Reaching Up for Manhood (Beacon Press, 1998). He is the recipient of many honors, including the Heinz Award and the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.

Canada is the co-chair of New York City’s Commission on Economic Opportunity, co-chair of New York state’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, and East Coast coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children.

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    The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults & Communities Can Do to Save Our Children
    American youth face problems that many of us never imagined. The issues of violence, gangs, drugs, and failing schools are not confined to one city, or community. You find these problems in urban and rural, rich and poor communities. The answers are not to be found in any one strategy; individuals, families, schools and communities must develop a plan of action to save our children.

    An educator and advocate, Canada offers a vision that with hard work, dedication, and a prioritizing of our resources, we can create a safe, caring and stimulating environment for all children.

    Leadership Is Only as Great as Those Around You

    Improving the Lives of Children, One Poor Child at a Time

    Leveling the Playing Field, Helping Poor Children to Succeed

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    Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

    Geoffrey Canada on ending poverty - Currents - The New Yorker

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