The Kindness of Strangers

Marc Freedman
September 1, 1991

Marc reedman's study " The Kindness of Strangers" is our attempt to take a look at the roots, current shapes, and social and operational implications of mentoring. It is speculative, in the sense that it is not based on the program-based realities and effect we typically examine. The study's speculations do illuminate mentoring's possibilities and limitations, and in doing so, remind us that commitment, realism, resources, imagination, and thoughtfulness are all required for real progress in assisting large numbers of youth toward successful lives, and that those qualities - even under a popular banner like mentoring- are not easily brought together. The study concludes that under popular banners like mentoring lie important truths, with important possibilities if only we will take the time and effort to dig them out and carry them out.