Inner City Youth & Education Advocate
In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Read More >
TEDTalk: Our Failing Schools. Enough is Enough!
Five Ways Education Must Change
The Crisis Facing Youth
Helping Harlem's Children
Children's Defense Fund
The Oprah Winfrey Show Appearance
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. Read More >
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. Read Less ^
"You were kind and gracious to speak with so many members of our community. The desire of these individuals to meet and engage with you is a clear testament to the connection you made with them, and it is a tribute to you and the work you are doing with the Harlem Children’s Zone. You made our celebration in honor of Dr. King one that will long be remembered by so many here at Partners, Mass General and the Brigham."
"He's a rock star! He went to the stage with a standing ovation and received another one after his remarks. Outstanding messenger. Great reception from the audience, and afterwards he had quite a line for photos right in front of the stage as planned. Each person and our high school student interns, the Stokes Scholars, received such personal attention from him at the book signing."
"Simply said, he was perfect. I am often guilty laying on the superlatives to describe our events; it’s my job to make us look good. We set up the event to inspire people and knew the Geoffrey Canada’s presence would be instrumental. We have been showered with appreciation and praise, with much of it for bringing Canada to those who need his wisdom most. Thank you for working with us on this conference. Thanks again for everything."
"Mr. Canada was amazing! Attendees thoroughly enjoyed his remarks, and the subsequent reception and community conversation were equally beneficial to those able to attend. Mr. Canada himself was a joy to work with—very down to earth and genial."
"He was AMAZING!!!!!!! Everyone involved was absolutely thrilled; on a personal level, he was one of the nicest, most down to earth people I've ever dealt with among the speakers, and I really felt privileged to get to spend the day with him...."
"The lecture was fabulous. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed his talk. It was the first standing ovation that I've seen here at the Harn Museum, and then nobody wanted to let him leave. And he was very kind, gracious, and charming to everyone as well."
"Geoffrey Canada was an amazing speaker. Our guests loved having him—we are continuing to hear rave reviews. People were inspired to do more for our community. Thank you again for your terrific assistance on this event."
"Mr. Canada was an excellent speaker—very engaging. We had a very large turnout from the local community, many of whom stayed for the meet and greet/book signing afterward. All in all, a successful evening."
"It. Was. Great. We had a full house—650 people—and have received nothing but positive feedback. Everyone was so excited to hear him speak and were equally excited and inspired when they left our event. We could not be happier."
"The speech was well received. Out of that speech we have seen activation in the community (which is what we desired). He was gracious and welcoming. He signed some books and genuinely engaged with our critical partners and sponsors."