05/15/2012 11:28 am ET

Geoffrey Canada UPENN Commencement: 'Come Join Our Team. We're Losing'

Famed educator Geoffrey Canada spoke at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday about the importance of education and the battle to make America a more equitable place to live.

"Come join our team," Canada told graduates, "We're losing."

Canada founded the Harlem Children's Zone in 1997. According to Time Magazine, the educational program grew from "a one-block pilot program.. to [a program that] covers 100 city blocks and serves 8,000 kids, providing not just a good education but also early-childhood programs, after-school services and guidance to help parents play a key role in their kids' learning."