One Future Luncheon

The Time is Now

The fifth anniversary of our signature One Future Luncheon took place on Tuesday, September 24, from Noon – 1 p.m. at the Depot downtown Minneapolis.

We welcomed a key leader in the movement to end multigenerational poverty, Geoffrey Canada, President of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Promise Academy Boards. Mr. Canada has been featured in film and on national television and radio as one of the preeminent experts in creating systems to eradicate the opportunity gap in education.

The luncheon was a celebration of the positive change that is transforming North Minneapolis, our city, and our state. Pledge to be part of the future we envision; a prosperous North Minneapolis – where we lead the nation in being the best state for Black students instead of the very worst – and where all children are healthy, secure, and academically successful, ultimately realizing their unlimited potential.

Guests were inspired by Geoffrey Canada, Sondra Samuels, NAZ President and CEO, and NAZ parents and scholars who offered powerful messages.  The NAZ collaborative is closing the gaps, building a culture of achievement, and supporting our youth on a path to college.

It was an honor to have Geoffrey Canada author, speaker, and former President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) from 1990 to 2014, and current President of the HCZ and Promise Academy Boards, as our guest speaker. Mr. Canada and HCZ have been featured in the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” as well as on “60 Minutes,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Anderson Cooper 360°,” “Black in America 2,” “The Charlie Rose Show”, This American Life, and in articles in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Associated Press. In 2008, Houghton Mifflin published “Whatever It Takes,” by Paul Tough, a detailed look at the work of Mr. Canada and HCZ.

When people ask Geoffrey Canada to name a place that’s replicating his work and doing it quality with measurable results he talks about the Northside Achievement Zone!

Read more about it on our blog.

To receive more information and be part of the One Future movement please contact Kenneth Scales at or 612-594-8294.

Thank you to our One Future Luncheon Sponsors