Elevating HCZ to a national model
Under Mr. Canada’s leadership, HCZ became a national model of place-based innovation for organizations across the country and the world. In 2010, President Barack Obama created the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative to replicate the HCZ model in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. Mr. Canada was subsequently named one of the world’s most influential people by Time in 2011 and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune in 2014.
Mr. Canada and HCZ have also received significant national media attention. They were featured in the award-winning documentary Waiting for Superman, as well as on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and MSNBC, and in articles in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Associated Press. In 2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough, a book chronicling the work of Mr. Canada and HCZ. In 2013, Mr. Canada gave a TED Talk, an appearance that has garnered nearly 500,000 views on YouTube (to view more videos featuring Mr. Canada and HCZ, visit HCZ’s YouTube Channel).