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Geoffrey Canada

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

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 Geoffrey Canada Biography

Geoffrey Canada has a radical new idea: if you really want to change the lives of inner-city kids, change everything all at once - their schools, families, and neighborhoods. As the former President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children's Zone in New York City, Canada has dedicated the past twenty 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. In 2014, he announced his retirement at the end of the school year, ensuring that he will continue to remain a passionate advocate for education and poverty issues.

Canada's groundbreaking work for a 24-block neighborhood in Harlem has been replicated in communities across the country. Through programs such as the Beacon School, Community Pride Initiative, Harlem Gems, Harlem Peacemakers, and the Promise Academy, a new generation of charter school, he has developed a network of services that reach most of the 6,500 children and their families living in the Harlem Children’s Zone.

The acclaimed author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood, a moving vision of hope for young boys, Canada is also east coast coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children. Most recently, he can be seen in the groundbreaking documentary Waiting for "Superman," directed by Davis Guggenheim, which challenges the current American education system.

Canada knows inner-city life firsthand. Having grown up in the South Bronx, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been honored with the prestigious McGraw Prize for education, and his life work is chronicled in New York Times reporter Paul Tough’s book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.

In his vibrant, hands-on presentations, Geoffrey Canada teaches communities about improving the lives of today’s youth, one child at a time.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

Reaching Up for Manhood

Reaching Up for Manhood

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

Speaking Topics
  • The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults & Communities Can Do to Save Our Children

    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. 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.

  • Leadership Is Only as Great as Those Around You

  • Improving the Lives of Children, One Poor Child at a Time

  • Leveling the Playing Field, Helping Poor Children to Succeed

News
  • Geoffrey Canada talks life and ambition

    Famed author and educator Geoffrey Canada visited Central High School on Feb. 8 to tell students about his life’s journey and to encourage them to be curious in the pursuit of their own. “Go and open up and explore different places,” said Canada, a Valley Stream resident. “If you keep looking, you’ll find something you really like.”

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  • HOW TO BOOK Geoffrey Canada?

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Geoffrey Canada?

    Booking fees for Geoffrey Canada, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Geoffrey Canada, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Geoffrey Canada?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Geoffrey Canada for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Geoffrey Canada for your next private or corporate function.
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Geoffrey Canada

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

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Geoffrey Canada Biography

Geoffrey Canada has a radical new idea: if you really want to change the lives of inner-city kids, change everything all at once - their schools, families, and neighborhoods. As the former President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children's Zone in New York City, Canada has dedicated the past twenty 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. In 2014, he announced his retirement at the end of the school year, ensuring that he will continue to remain a passionate advocate for education and poverty issues.

Canada's groundbreaking work for a 24-block neighborhood in Harlem has been replicated in communities across the country. Through programs such as the Beacon School, Community Pride Initiative, Harlem Gems, Harlem Peacemakers, and the Promise Academy, a new generation of charter school, he has developed a network of services that reach most of the 6,500 children and their families living in the Harlem Children’s Zone.

The acclaimed author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood, a moving vision of hope for young boys, Canada is also east coast coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children. Most recently, he can be seen in the groundbreaking documentary Waiting for "Superman," directed by Davis Guggenheim, which challenges the current American education system.

Canada knows inner-city life firsthand. Having grown up in the South Bronx, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been honored with the prestigious McGraw Prize for education, and his life work is chronicled in New York Times reporter Paul Tough’s book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.

In his vibrant, hands-on presentations, Geoffrey Canada teaches communities about improving the lives of today’s youth, one child at a time.

Geoffrey Canada Videos

  • Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!
    Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now --...
  • Waiting For Superman Panel
  • Geoffrey Canada - US Zeitgeist 2010

Geoffrey Canada Books

Geoffrey Canada Speaking Topics

  • The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults & Communities Can Do to Save Our Children

    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. 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.

  • Leadership Is Only as Great as Those Around You

  • Improving the Lives of Children, One Poor Child at a Time

  • Leveling the Playing Field, Helping Poor Children to Succeed

FAQs on booking Geoffrey Canada

  • How to book Geoffrey Canada?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Geoffrey Canada for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Geoffrey Canada, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Geoffrey Canada or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Geoffrey Canada?

    Booking fees for Geoffrey Canada, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Geoffrey Canada, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Geoffrey Canada?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Geoffrey Canada for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Geoffrey Canada for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Geoffrey Canada or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Geoffrey Canada or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Geoffrey Canada is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Geoffrey Canada for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Geoffrey Canada generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Wes Moore, Erin Gruwell, Hill Harper, Sheryl WuDunn and Jonah Edelman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Geoffrey Canada for an upcoming event.

Geoffrey Canada Speaker Videos

  • Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!
    Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model...
    Waiting For Superman Panel
  • Geoffrey Canada - US Zeitgeist 2010
    Jared Cohen, Maajid Nawaz, Paul Carrillo & Geoffrey Canada - US Zeitgeist
  • Highlights - Geoffrey Canada - US Zeitgeist 2010
    War on Poverty - Geoffrey Canada at European Zeitgeist 2011

Geoffrey Canada Speaking Topics

  • The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults & Communities Can Do to Save Our Children

    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. 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.

  • Leadership Is Only as Great as Those Around You

  • Improving the Lives of Children, One Poor Child at a Time

  • Leveling the Playing Field, Helping Poor Children to Succeed

Geoffrey Canada News

  • Geoffrey Canada talks life and ambition

    Famed author and educator Geoffrey Canada visited Central High School on Feb. 8 to tell students about his life’s journey and to encourage them to be curious in the pursuit of their own. “Go and open up and explore different places,” said Canada, a Valley Stream resident. “If you keep looking, you’ll find something you really like.”

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