Person of the Week: Geoffrey Canada Lifts Up Harlem's Students One Block At A Time


White House Replicates Harlem Children's Zone

Canada has certainly figured out what resonates with young inner city children. His efforts are set to become a national model. This week, the Obama administration awarded grants to 20 communities to create "promise neighborhoods," replicas of the Harlem Children's Zone.

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Canada said this isn't the fulfillment of his dream, it's just the beginning.

"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," Canada said.

There's one sight that never gets old for Canada: seeing his students in suits on the way to an internship interview.

"That's what we've worked for, these young people," he said. "They see a future, they're prepared for their future, they dress for their future, they speak as if they are part of the future of Harlem."

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