Geoffrey Canada

Friday, February 25, 3:00-4:30
Creating Success for All Children

Passionate author and advocate for education reform, Geoffrey Canada is president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” Nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report.

You may already recognize Canada, who stars in the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman, which opened to rave reviews in fall 2010. Watch the movie trailer at

HCZ offers a comprehensive range of services — educational, social, and medical — to form a safety net for kids from birth to college. All the TV networks and prominent newspapers have featured Canada and HCZ as a national model for education reform.

Despite his youth spent in the violent South Bronx, Canada excelled academically. After earning his master’s from the Harvard School of Education, he started helping children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods. Canada has writtenFist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America.

National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol called Canada, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation.”


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