Sara Amin is an incredible young woman who is devoting a year of her life to serve others working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a nonprofit in Houston, TX. AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. Sara comes from a tight-knit family in Rockville, Maryland where she grew up. Her family and all of her closest friends are still there while she traveled across country to come to Houston, TX to serve. Her father is of Muslim descent and her mother was born and raised here in the states. They met while both working at Riggs National Bank in D.C. and would soon fall in love and get married. Sara’s father received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Cairo University in Egypt and later earned his Ph.D. from George Washington University. Her mother, a Linguistics major in college was nearly finished with her Doctoral degree when Sara showed up on the scene and plans to return to school during retirement. Sara believes this overarching desire of both parents to continue to seek knowledge is why the emphasis on education was brought upon her at such a young age. Sara has always appreciated reading and writing, but found herself truly falling in love with it while reading “Hamlet” her senior year of high school. Shakespeare’s book sparked that love of reading in Sara and she hasn’t stopped enjoying it since! She feels it’s extremely important for parents to give their children knowledge, almost as important as giving them love and compassion. Sara says that, “the world needs to understand that if you don’t educate the entire populace, the country itself will not thrive”. Some countries and men are so set on holding women back, they don’t realize they’re holding themselves back, which is “the driving force behind [her] father’s passion” … and now her passion. With a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland where she double-majored in Communications and Women’s Studies, Sara dreams of working at the UN, more specifically with UNIFEM or UNICEF which focus on women and children, respectively. . Her next career move will be a stepping stone towards obtaining that dream, realizing that passion of focusing on women’s rights, illiteracy, and education. As we will miss her terribly at the Foundation, we know she will do amazing things for our country and the world, and we wish her the absolute best.