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Geoffrey Canada has 650 Kids in College

Posted in Awareness, North America with tags , , , on October 3, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

While many dead-beat dads are stifling kids through their actions, one man is boosting kids one block at a time. In the 1990’s, Geoffrey Canada initiated an experiment to promote a future for children living in poverty. Canada’s experiment yielded a safe zone for the children in Harlem to learn and play. Canada’s experiment has come to be known as Harlem’s Children’s Zone.

Geoffrey Canada was featured by ABC News as Person of the Week. A newly released documentary suggests he’s Superman. Canada says, “One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me Superman did not exist. She thought I was crying because it’s like Santa Clause in not real. I was crying because no one was coming with enough power to save us.”

Canada was raised by a single mother in Harlem. He went on to earn a Masters from Harvard. When he and his wife were expecting their first child he started to research what child development. He discovered that positive parenting starts before your child is born. Canada reached out to expecting mothers to teach them how to raise their child from a positive view of the world.

Canada had learned that children of wealthy parents are given early positive encouragement; while poor parents extend negativity to their children. Canada has pioneered a program that follows babies growing up in poverty with positive encouragement throughout their development.

Canada said, “It is one of the great joys of my life, that when I look at my young people that I realize there is a bunch of us adults standing with these kids saying we’re going to guarantee you make it.”