On Thursday, March 3rd, educator and community activist Geoffrey Canada will speak at Wayne State’s Campus sharing his vision about improving education in urban communities.
As President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, Geoffrey Canada has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk youth beat the odds. Radically ambitious and startlingly simple, Canada’s programs are on the cutting edge of preventing youth violence and fostering community development. He is also featured in the movie Waiting for Superman.
If you visit the Harlem Children’s Zone website you will see the organization’s mission statement, Doing whatever it takes to educate children and strengthen community. Cananda is committed to just that, whatever it takes… and that means rethinking not just education but the community as a whole. “It takes a village to raise a child, so that means to save the child–one child– we have to start with the village, ” he explains.
Listen to the story about Canada’s comprehensive vision of education in Baby College from NPR’s “This American Life.”