Cory Booker is a politician, currently serving as the mayor of Newark, NJ. However, in his political life, Cory is anything but typical. During a time when people often feel that politicians don’t understand their needs, Cory has shown that his understanding is very real. You see, despite being mayor, Cory chose to live in the same poor conditions that many of his Newark residents live in!
By living side-by-side in a tenement with poor people in Newark, Cory was able to understand much better the struggles these people face. That in turn has enabled him to make great strides toward his ultimate goal, improving the lives of the people of Newark!
In this video, Cory talks about living in Newark and one of the people who inspired him.
- Here is Cory’s website, where you can learn more about this amazing politician!
- In this video, Cory talks about his experience as Newark’s mayor.
Topics for Discussion:
- How do you think the residents of Newark feel about their mayor choosing to live in poor conditions?
- Do you know anyone who lives in poor conditions? What is their life like?
- Be inspired by Cory’s actions and try “walking in the shoes” of someone in need in your community!
- Visit the Share Our Strength website, which helps people in Newark, to learn how you can help the hungry!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.