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General Meeting & Guest Speaker: Jim Ziolkowski

  • 16 Oct 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Waveny Park


Registration is closed

7:00 - 7:30 Cocktails

7:30 - 8:00 Guest Speaker - Jim Ziolkowski

Followed by brief YWL business & socializing

Jim Ziolkowski is the Founder, President and CEO of buildOn, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries while also running afterschool service programs in America’s toughest inner-cities. At home or abroad, Jim’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Inspired by his own travels to some of the most impoverished countries in the world and his experiences living in Harlem, Jim derailed his fast-track career in corporate finance at GE to dedicate his life to buildOn.  Deeply influenced by his own religious faith, shaped by his personal meetings with Mother Teresa and The Dalai Lama, and hailed by President Barack Obama, Jim likes to say, “We’re not a charity – we’re a movement.” Jim has been most profoundly influenced by the youth he has worked with from America’s biggest cities to the poorest villages on the planet. It is their courage, hope and thirst for change that inspire Jim every day.  Jim's book, Walk in Their Shoes, tells the story of how twenty-one years ago, Jim gave up a promising career in corporate finance to create buildOn. He set out to show not that he could change the world- but how each of us can. It is a global chronicle of the boundless potential of faith and the human spirit, and tells the story of the buildOn movement and the thousands of young people who have decided to step forward, step up, and make a difference.

Here is a link from his latest TV interview last week on the Today Show  http://www.buildon.org/2013/09/19/today-show-buildon-program-helps-students-escape-poverty/

Jim will also be doing book signing during our meeting, so don't forget to bring your copy!

Please also bring a medium sized pumpkin for the Pumpkin Drive.




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