"We went building by building, block by block, door by door. We just said: we're here for children. We're going to try to make this a better place for children."
A truly spell-binding speaker, Geoffrey Canada was described by Newsday as "Harlem's Father Figure." His efforts to save inner city youth became the subject of a recent cover story of The New York Times magazine. In 1997, he drew a line on a map around a twenty-four block area in central Harlem where he believed children were woefully underserved. He dubbed it "Harlem Children's Zone" and has proceeded to deploy more than a dozen programs now serving over 8,000 kids (and 5,000 adults).
Today, his nineteen million dollar project, supported by foundations, corporations and government funding, brings together a patchwork of agencies serving children. A third degree black belt, Canada is a dynamo of energy and inspiration with a grand vision to reclaim young people one at a time. His wonderful stories of turning troubled youth around humanize the plight of kids hungry for for affirmation and inspiration.
Total time: 29 minutes