Mark Shriver is an extraordinary man. He is the son of the man who created the Peace Corp and started the “War On Poverty”, Sargent Shriver, and the woman who created the Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of “America’s First Family”, the Kennedy’s/Shriver’s, and a former politician who is doing wonderful things to make an impact with America’s Youth . Mark has forged his own path of making a difference functioning as Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Programs for Save the Children. He leads programmatic and advocacy efforts to improve the early childhood development, literacy, physical activity and nutrition of children living in impoverished rural communities across the United States. He also leads Save the Children’s domestic emergency programs to ensure that the unique needs of children are incorporated into disaster preparedness, response and recovery plans. Previously, he served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland’s first-ever Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families. During his legislative service, he was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others. He serves as the Chairperson of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council.
Mark has also just released an amazing new book about his father, the incredible Sargent Shriver, one of the great men of social change during our life time called “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver”. Here’s a summary of the book. It is incredible, heart warming, and shares how all of us can better ourselves by being better for others. Sargent Shriver was truly a pioneer who bettered the world.
When Sargent “Sarge” Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson’s War on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of “a good man,” moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father’s success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father’s joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears personal stories from friends and family that zero in on the three guiding principles of Sarge’s life—faith, hope, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now take on new value and poignancy. In the process, Mark discovers much about himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice advocate. A Good Man is an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the true meaning of his father’s legacy.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with Mark Shriver in NYC right before his appearance on The Colbert Report to discuss his new book, what it was like growing up in “America’s First Family”, his incredible work with Save The Children, the personal learning he gained while writing the book about his father, and sooo much more!! Enjoy Kade Nation!
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