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Meet Our 2016 Fellows - Sarajane Blair

We have an amazing group of Fellows joining the NLC family this year, and we’re excited to learn more about the issues closest to them and why they love calling Philly “home."


Sarajane Blair, Community Development Associate, Mt. Airy USA


Sarajane Blair - For Blog


What are you most looking forward to when it comes to the NLC Institute?

Sarajane: I am excited about the opportunity to learn with a cohort of equally motivated young people. I believe that NLC will provide both a network and a set of concrete skills that will help myself and my cohort bring about sustainable change in our respective fields.


What are the issues closest to your heart?

Sarajane: I am very passionate about adult literacy. I believe the adult literacy realm exposes our greatest areas for improvement as a society. Not only have all of these students been failed by the public education system, but also systemic racism and sexism that underlie a lot of our societies' economic disparities. However, I also believe it is an area where you can see this deep resilience and hope within people. In the literacy center I worked in prior to coming to Philly, my students - who ranged from 18-85 - were some of the most intelligent, curious, and kindest people I have encountered.


Describe your ideal “Philly day.”

Sarajane: In my ideal day, I would wake up and drink coffee on my roof deck while reading a book. Then I would bike up to Fairmount Park, spend some time walking on the paths, and maybe make it to the fingerspan bridge. Then if I were feeling up for it, I would head down to south Philly for some Cambodian food at Khmer Kitchen. Or I would really enjoy the fact that I had nothing to do and hang out on my roof reading all day.


What do you love most about Philly?

Sarajane: I love the feel of living in a neighborhood while also living in a city. I live in West Philly and work in Mt. Airy and both of those neighborhoods have a sense of community that I never experienced prior to moving to Philly. 



Learn more about Sarajane’s work, and meet the rest of our 2016 Fellows here. 

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