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Harlem Children's Zone founder meets with local leaders

Mayor Rob Rolison, Geoffrey Canada, Marc Molinaro and Eric Jay Rosser met to talk about the Youth Opportunity Union.On Oct. 15, leaders from the Education Redesign Lab (EdRedesign) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) visited the City of Poughkeepsie, to learn more about the Children’s Cabinet and Dutchess County’s efforts to create cradle-to-career systems of opportunity children and families. 

Paul Reville, Faculty Director of EdRedesign and Geoffrey Canada (Ed.M.'75), founder and President of HCZ met with Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie community leaders — including Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser — to learn more about the city and county’s ambitious work toward supporting children from birth through to college and career. 

Throughout the day-long engagement, members of the Children’s Cabinet discussed the various success points of the HCZ, learning about the planning, preparation, partnerships, and commitments that have yielded the highly recognized success of HCZ’s efforts.   

“We at Harlem Children’s Zone know that the adoption of comprehensive, cradle-to-career models is key to advancing social and economic mobility in under-resourced neighborhoods,” said Canada. “

 “Having Mr. Canada visit Poughkeepsie to learn about our efforts is monumental as the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet continues to galvanize our foundation. Our goal is to have the same collective impact on positive youth development as evidenced through the efforts of the Harlem Children’s Zone”, stated Rosser.

“I am thrilled to see the impressive headway Poughkeepsie and its Children’s Cabinet have made in prioritizing children’s well-being in the last two years since joining the By All Means initiative. I am excited about exploring future synergies and collaborations,” Reveille said.