Geoffrey Canada

Policy
11:45 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Could Michigan get its own Harlem Children's Zone?

Volunteers building a playground at the Focus: HOPE Village Initiative
focushope.edu

If you've been following State of Opportunity over the past couple months, you've probably heard us talk about the Harlem Children's Zone. It's this 100-block zone in central Harlem that's designed to create a safety net so strong and so wide that no child could fall through and fail. The program covers all kids from birth through college. 

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Policy
6:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Child poverty and Obama's first 100 days in office

President Obama hopes his Promise Neighborhood initiative will turnaround areas of blight in Detroit and other cities
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

Now that the election is over and we know who will be sitting in the Oval Office for the next four years, it seems like a good time to take a look at a letter President Obama wrote in response to this question:

What will you pledge to do in your first 100 days to address childhood poverty?

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Education
12:01 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Schools aren't making the grade when it comes to black male student achievement

Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

Just when you thought the Republican and Democratic national conventions were over...

I'm here to talk about an event that took place behind the scenes at one of the conventions -- specifically the DNC in Charlotte, NC. Between all the speeches and sound bites and people in funny hats mugging for the camera, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held a symposium in Charlotte, where they released a 47-page report on the profound achievement and opportunity gaps that African American males face.

The "Challenge the Status Quo" report looks at not only those factors that impede academic progress for black male students, but also what can be done about it. 

You can check out the full report here, which is packed with data and research from a wide range of studies. Meantime, here are a few highlights:

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Five questions for Harlem Children's Zone leader Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone has become a model for other organizations around the country.
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

What if we told you there was a man in Harlem who thinks he's figured out how to break the cycle of poverty?

You'd probably want to meet him, right? We sure did.

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