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Service projects supported by ASF address the social determinants of health – including poverty. In Whatever It Takes, Canada tells Paul Tough, “There’s just no way that in good conscience we can allow poverty to remain the dividing line between failure in this country, where if you’re born poor in a community like this one, you stay poor. We have to even that out. We ought to give these kids a chance.”

The Harlem Children’s Zone is a big-picture, “conveyor-belt” approach aimed at doing just that – not for a few kids, but tens of thousands. Tough writes, “What would it take to change the lives of poor children not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in a programmatic, standardized way that could be applied broadly and replicated nationwide”? After reading Whatever It Takes, what do you think the answer to that question is?

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