Date(s) & Time(s)::
December 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Location: Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street in Downtown Buffalo
Phone: (716) 881-5150 ext. 4399
The Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. Education Task Force will present its first Education Summit entitled, the “Power of Education - Children First” on Friday, December 16th, 2011. The luncheon will take place from 11am – 2pm at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo with one of the country’s foremost visionaries and community builders, the dynamic Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. as Keynote Speaker.
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. Since 1990, Mr. Canada has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children's Zone, which The New York Times Magazine called "one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time." In October 2005, Mr. Canada was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report. In 1997, the agency launched the Harlem Children's Zone Project, which targets a specific geographic area in Central Harlem with a comprehensive range of services. The Zone Project today covers 100 blocks and aims to serve over 10,000 children by 2011.
The New York Times Magazine said the Zone Project "combines educational, social and medical services. It starts at birth and follows children to college. It meshes those services into an interlocking web, and then it drops that web over an entire neighborhood....The objective is to create a safety net woven so tightly that children in the neighborhood just can't slip through."
The work of Mr. Canada and Harlem Children’s Zone has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "CBS This Morning," "The Charlie Rose Show," National Public Radio's "On Point," as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today and Newsday.
Geoffrey Canada can be seen prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim 2010 documentary, Waiting for Superman. More recently, he was named to Time Magazine's "Time 100" list of the world's most-influential people.
Individual tickets to the luncheon are $40, or $400 for a special reserved table of 8, and proceeds benefit the CAO Education Task Force Scholarship Fund that assists low-income, college-bound students throughout Erie County. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, and to reserve your tickets or table, call the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. at (716) 881-5150 ext. 4399. The luncheon is sponsored in part by BMHA-Choice Neighborhood and 93.7 WBLK-FM.