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From the Rearview Mirror
Reflecting on Connecting the Dots
by Bill Milliken
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From the Rearview Mirror

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Publisher Hay House
Publication Date 6/4/12
ISBN 978-1-4019-3790-4

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From the Rearview Mirror is the story of Bill Milliken's journey from an affluent Pittsburgh suburb to the streets of Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1960s, on to communal living in Georgia in the 1970s, to working with multiple presidential administrations in Washington, DC. He struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability in school, believing he was dumb and had nowhere to go. After connecting with the Young Life outreach program at the age of 17, however, he found his calling doing street work with homeless, addicted and other at-risk teens in the turbulent '60s. Bill and his colleagues founded what grew into Communities in Schools, a highly effective organisation working to bring services to young people and prevent them from dropping out of school. Along the way, Bill struggled with bringing his personal life into alignment with his ideals, coming to terms with organised religion and his own spiritual path, and creating the family and community he'd always longed for.

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Bill Milliken has been a tireless advocate for disenfranchised youth and one of the foremost pioneers in the movement to connect schools with community resources to help troubled students graduate and succeed in life. In 1977, he and others developed a model organization, now known as Communities In Schools, which he served for more than 25 years as national president and currently as vice chairman of the board. Bill has advised U.S. Presidents of both political parties and has received numerous awards, including the Edward A. Smith Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, the Champion for Children Award from the American Association of School Administrators, the National Caring Award from the Caring Institute, the Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the national Jefferson Award for Public Service, and an honorary doctorate from Bard College. He is the author of Tough Love; So Long, Sweet Jesus; and The Last Dropout.
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