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1. Privilge and Poverty; 2. The Cadillac of Homeless Shelters; 3. Doing Passion Well; 4. Seeking Connections; 5. Outside the Box; 6. Sheltered from the Ivory Tower; 7. The Best Class at Harvard; 8. Learning to Lead; 9. Enough Committed Fleas; 10. Something That Lives On; Appendix: Research Methods; Bibliography; Index.

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Scott Seider is an Assistant Professor of Education at Boston University where his research focuses on the civic development of adolescents and emerging adults.


"This is more than a compelling study of young students doing community service with a homeless population. It is an examination of life histories and narratives, class conflicts, the meaning of human care, and the discovery of self and community." - Dr. Thomas Cottle, Professor of Education, Boston University

"This highly readable in-depth case study of a homeless shelter run entirely by college students has a lot to teach anyone concerned with the civic engagement of young people...It reinforced my belief that given an opportunity, young people can, and will, do extraordinary things to improve their world." - Elizabeth Hollander, Executive Director, National Campus Compact, 1997-2006

"This book about a homeless shelter run by Harvard students is also about topics that too often fall off our radar; how we treat - and ought to treat - the marginalized and down and out among us, the particular, powerful contributions that young people can make to improving the lives of others, how young people develop mature ideals and, perhaps most essentially, what economic class means in America...It's a book that brims with wisdom and humanity." - Dr. Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development

"Scott Seider's study of a homeless shelter in the shadow of Harvard Yard promises to catalyze conversations about what it means to be a civilized society. This insightful book could not be more timely or more important." - Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard University

"Scott Seider's rich and insightful study of Harvard students who run a homeless shelter provides an informative portrait of today's young leaders and their struggle to understand and confront injustice." - Dr. Peter Levine, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University

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