- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised edition (January 13, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521652871
- ISBN-13: 978-0521652872
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kindness of Strangers: Adult Mentors, Urban Youth, and the New Voluntarism Revised Edition
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"The definitive book on the (mentoring) movement." Los Angeles Times
"Certainly, The Kindness of Strangers offers the best blueprint for mentoring...its fabulous possibilities and its invisible drawbacks...for any group, individual volunteer or nation." Patricia Holt, Book Review Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Luckily, Freedman's book describes how things can be improved. Through facts and inspiring first-person accounts, the author pursues...the evolution of this exciting movement and points out its highs, its lows, and its potential." Booklist
"Freedman's book is filled with useful insights....[it is] balanced, well-written and...wonder of wonders, for a book on social policy...an enjoyable read as well." Youth Today
"The Kindness of Strangers provides a ray of light in a world of dark fears." Contemporary Education
"This brilliant , optimistic book is a must read for all who are searching for ways to rebuild American communities. The Kindness of Strangers provides the long-needed intellectual and practical underpinnings for the spreading mentoring movement." Lisbeth B. Schoor, lecturer in social medicine, Harvard University
"An important contribution to the mentoring field-essential reading for all those concerned with realizing the great potential present in this rapidly growing movement." Thomas McKenna, national executive director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
"A thoughtful and thought-provoking account of the mentoring process- a book so packed with wise reflections and useful information that it bears reading again." Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., professor of sociology, University of Pennsylvania
"The Kindness of Strangers is a beautifully written account of the myths and realities of the mentoring movement. Marc Freedman gives us a well-balanced perspective on this unique form of social intervention that links caring adults with young people who are growing up in a troubled world. This book should be read by anyone concerned with the future of Americaas youth." Emmy E. Werner, professor of human development, University of California, Davis
The Kindness of Strangers reveals how caring adults in cities across America are trying to turn young lives around. It also tells of the much-celebrated mentoring movement they have created. In a vivid portrayal of that movement, Marc Freedman shows how ordinary citizens can answer President Clinton's call for all Americans to reach out to the children who are growing up in poverty and community violence-all too often alone, exposed, and forgotten.Marc Freedman brings experience, research, and realism in an effort to present the truth about the mentoring movement sweeping America today.