Name: Sarah Tseggay
Hometown: Dallas, TX
It’s time to meet the first member of the Brooklyn team! Meet Sarah, a recent graduate of Rice University with a passion for analyzing socioeconomic disparities in housing, education, and criminal justice. In the America Works of New York office in Brooklyn, she has an opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with the individuals who face the very disparities she researched in her studies. In addition to teaching in the classroom and designing new lesson curriculum, as part of the Brooklyn team Sarah is able to work closely with two other Work First Fellows, Anna and Ben, both of whom will soon be featured in Meet The Fellows themselves.
A BOOK THAT MADE AN IMPACT:
"God Help the Child" by Toni Morrison
Sarah says: The book masterfully explores racism, colorism, and complex family relationships through a compelling, often heart-wrenching narrative.
For Sarah, America Works Brooklyn is a great place to be for so many reasons. Foremost among them is the strong sense of community that she feels on a daily basis. From the moment she and the other Fellows arrived, they were greeted with warmth from staff and clients greeted them warmly. The staff, especially, are generous with their time, support, and knowledge as the Fellows learn their responsibilities and find their footing in the classroom. In addition to the support system she has found at work, Sarah knows her go-to self-care practices that help keep her calm and focused. Whether it’s listening to “Ctrl” by SZA on repeat or running through one of Brooklyn’s many parks, Sarah finds a balance between serving her clients and taking care of herself.
Ear Hustle: A Story of Two Fellows Bonding
Sarah and another one of the Work First Fellows located in Brooklyn, Anna Fox, found out early on that they shared something in common: a love for podcasts. Specifically, the podcast “Ear Hustle,” which is produced at San Quentin State Prison, California and shines a light on the daily realities of life inside prison as shared by those who live it.
Anyone who works with—or even just meets—Sarah can recognize how much care she has for the individuals she serves and the causes she advocates for. As a Work First Fellow, she is continuing the work she began with the Houston-based youth development agency Workshop Houston and Texas Tenants’ Union, as well as gaining valuable experience in engaging with the issues her clients face in housing and employment. She hopes to take the lessons and skills gained from her time in the Work First Fellowship and pursue a career as a practicing attorney working in tenants’ rights and advocacy.
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