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Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen is the Executive Director of the New Town Success Zone a community collaborative initiative largely based upon the work of Geoffery Canada and the Harlem Children Zone.  The goal of the New Town Success Zone is to build a continuum of care for young people and their families living in the New Town/College Garden area of Jacksonville and lead children on a path to either college, the military or some other form of post secondary training. 

PeDro is a Jacksonville, FL native and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, FL and his MBA from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC and a 2013 graduate from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL with a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Urban Education. His dissertation title was “A Charge to Keep: The Role of the African-American Church in a Post Civil Rights Era.”

PeDro also serves on the advisory board of the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, the University of North Florida’s School of Education Dean’s Advisory Council, the University of Florida School of Pediatric Medicine’s CTSI Community Advisory Board, he is a member of the Jacksonville Chapter NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated Jacksonville Alumni Chapter.

A Charge to Keep: The Changing Black Church Post-Civil Rights
by Dr Irvin PeDro Cohen




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