Walk in Their Shoes

Walk in Their Shoes

Can One Person Change the World?

Book - 2013
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The powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn--which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad--and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time.


Twenty-one years ago, Jim Ziolkowski gave up a fast-track career in corporate finance to dedicate his life to buildOn, an organization that turns inner-city teens into community leaders at home and abroad. He set out to show not that he could change the world, but how each one of us can, through the power of service to others.

Today, buildOn students have contributed more than 1.2 million hours of service, from Detroit and the South Bronx to Haiti, Mali, and Nepal, while building more than five hundred fifty schools worldwide. Together, they are breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations in their own lives and transforming their communities.

An international chronicle of faith and the boundless potential of the human spirit, Walk in Their Shoes tells the story of Jim's movement and the thousands of young people who have decided to step forward, step up, and make a difference.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451683554
Branch Call Number: 370.111 ZIO
Characteristics: xi, 244 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirsch, James S. - Author


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d2013 Mar 08, 2014

This is a very Inspirational and moving story, living proof that we can all make a difference. Good read!

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"Jim Ziolkowski had a fast-track corporate finance job at the age of 24 - but, moved by the extreme poverty he'd seen while travelling in India, Thailand, and Nepal, he quit in order to start a non-profit service-oriented programme, buildOn, addressing global illiteracy and the problems of inner-city American youth. Even though Ziolkowski had no professional experience in education or fundraising, he had faith, and buildOn became a life-changing success, with over 550 schools built 20 years later. But it wasn't easy: Ziolkowski has had guns pointed at him in South Africa and Harlem, been bitten by poisonous snakes in Africa and South America, and suffered from malaria and dysentery (on four different continents!)." Armchair Travel December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=709938

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