John Strazzabosco is an educator, lecturer and writer. A retired math teacher with thirty-three years in the Pittsford Central Schools, he has presented many workshops on understanding poverty to teachers, administrators and staff, most recently including the Pittsford Schools, Webster Schools, Rochester Area Literacy Conference, Hillside Crestwood Center, Villa of Hope, and the Mary Cariola Center.
His active involvement in the poverty community spans the past thirteen years, and has included tutoring, mentoring, training mentors for a self-sufficiency program run Action for a Better Community, participation in the Rochester Children's Zone, and work with youth at a city drop-in center. He currently mentors and tutors several young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods, including one long-term incarcerated youth.
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'He argues - no, he pleads - that if we would only recognize that poverty is a societal disorder, and take the initiatives necessary to confront the full range of impacts that poverty causes, we have the resources to defeat the blight that affects the poor in our country.' Thomas McFadden (President Emeritus, Marymount California University)
'By sharing compelling experiences, relevant research and heart-wrenching stories, John Strazzabosco makes the case for both compassion and broad-scale response to change the trajectory of children born into poverty. Those of us who have never experienced sustained poverty must commit to understanding and addressing this complex reality so that millions more children aren't trapped Ninety Feet Under.' Marlene Bessette (President Catholic Family Center, Catholic Charities of Monroe County New York)
'In his journey to bring a true understanding of poverty to the forefront of all socioeconomic classes, John Strazzabosco conveys his message with passion, humility and purpose.' Shawn L. Futch (Director, Focus on Self-Suffiiciency Department & Microcycle Computer Center, Action for a Better Community)