Walk in Their Shoes is the powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the buildOn movement — which builds schools in developing countries and empowers inner-city youth through community-service programs in the U.S. — and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time.
At 25, Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create a not-for-profit that turns inner-city youth into community leaders at home and abroad. Under Jim’s leadership, high school students from the South Bronx to San Francisco have contributed more than one million hours of direct community service, and over the past 20 years, the organization has also constructed more than 500 schools in the world’s economically poorest countries, from Haiti to Mali, from Nicaragua to Nepal.
Written with New York Times bestselling author James S. Hirsch, Walk in Their Shoes chronicles Jim’s transformation from a thrill-seeking, twenty-something backpacker to a Harlem-based idealist dedicated to social change, and finally to the head of an organization, buildOn, that’s breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Jim shares his exciting tale of far-flung adventures in the most remote corners of the world and America’s toughest inner-cities through this moving testament to the power of faith and teamwork — and the boundless potential of the human spirit. Blessed with relentless optimism and capable of overcoming staggering adversity, Jim shows us that when we give, we also help — and heal — ourselves.
Walk in Their Shoes is the story of buildOn’s inspirational work with at-risk teens, its indelible influence on communities around the world, and of the man whose vision, faith, and conviction made it all possible.
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