Name: Sarah Cohen
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Having grown up in the Jewish religion, a significant aspect of my value system today comes from the Jewish value of Tikkun Alum. This is a core concept in Judaism, which focuses on repairing the world and making a more just global society. I have always integrated the lessons of Tikkun Alum into my daily life as both a Jewish woman and an advocate. When discussing global issues, such as world poverty, Tikkun Alum takes shape in social policy, with the purpose of insuring a safeguard for those who are suffering from poverty and cannot be a voice for themselves. Through my studies of Political Science and Organizational Science at The George Washington University and my work with nonprofits, including The National Housing Trust and The Borgen Project, I am committing my life to combating global issues through practicing Tikkun Alum.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time because I have the privilege to do so. The people that are suffering the most in our world often do not have the opportunity or resources to advocate for themselves. To advocate for poverty reduction is to be the voice that brings the attention of the public to the issues of global poverty. Advocacy in itself is not enough; the real change comes from the awareness which advocacy drives. Our Congress has the purpose of reflecting the needs and the will of its citizens. We will not see real, systemic change without the needs and the will of our citizens matches this global cause. By volunteering my time as a Political Affairs Intern for The Borgen Project, I am using my voice to educate Americans on the issues facing global poverty

Any interesting tidbits to share?
When I am not home with family and enjoying the beaches in California, I am studying Political Science and Organizational Science at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. This fall I will be beginning my sophomore year at GW and as a student in the Honors Program. During the school year, I work as the Community Development Intern at The National Housing Trust in DC. My hobbies include visiting museums, watching documentaries, listening to music, going on late night drives to the beach, and anything else that includes nature, and spending time with my friends and family. You can always catch me with my headphones in listening to a podcast. I am interested in politics and leadership and plan on pursuing a career that integrates the two of those in a way that allows me to commit to my lifelong mission of making the world a better place.


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