When Joshua Steckel left his job as a private school college counselor on New York City's Upper East Side to work at a public high school in Brooklyn, he discovered that for low-income students the competitive game of college admissions has entirely different rules and much higher stakes. The winner of the Ida and Studs Terkel Prize and w available in paperback, Hold Fast to Dreams traces the pathways of ten of Josh's students from their obstacle-ridden application processes through their life-changing college experiences.
Beth Zasloff is the co-author, with Edgar M. Bronfman, of Hope, Not Fear. Joshua Steckel is a college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. Zasloff and Steckel are married and live with their three children in Brooklyn.