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.Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service-oriented program that goes into high-risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities. Under Jim's leadership, buildOn volunteers have contributed more than 850,000 hours of community service, and the organization has constructed more than 430 schools worldwide, from the South Bronx, to Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland, to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal.Walk in Their Shoes is packed with the ingredients of a powerful bestseller as it traces Jim's story from his transformation from a thrill-seeking twenty-something backpacker, to a Harlem-based idealist trying to launch a not-for-profit organization, and finally to the head of buildOn.Ziolkowski compellingly chronicles his exciting story of worldwide travel and adventure, creating a moving portrait of the power of faith, teamwork, and the boundless potential of the human spirit. Blessed with relentless optimism and an unshakable faith, both of which have fortified his commitment to the poor and the underprivileged, Jim Ziolkowski's inspirational memoir reveals that helping and empathizing with others can help--and heal--ourselves. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
ISBN: 9781451683554
Branch Call Number: 370.11 ZIO
Characteristics: pages 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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