Last month, the current class of Repair the World Fellows held their final closing circles and said so long – but not goodbye! We’ve been incredibly inspired by their work as change makers during their fellowship year, and are excited to keep up with them in the months and years to come.
First up, here’s Shannon Ferguson who was one of Repair the World’s Education Justice Fellows in New York City. She took some time to share the impact she was able to have on others over the course of the year, and the impact the fellowship had on her – including inspiring her to pursue a dream of sharing her passion for the ukulele with students across the United States! Check out her story below (and learn more about her uke tour on her GoFundMe page!), then find out more about becoming a Repair the World Fellow.
What drew you to being a part of the Fellowship?
I graduated college in 2014 and the following year became a full time teacher in New York City. I enjoyed my work but felt there was a lot more I needed to learn in order to be as effective as I wanted to be. I thought about switching from teaching and went to a food justice conference where I ended up meeting a Repair the World fellow. When I realized that there was an organization that focused on both education and food and social justice, it felt perfect. I am Jewish so that was a nice addition, but that is not what originally drew me to the program.
Tell me about the projects you worked on during your fellowship year?
One of the organizations I worked with was Brooklyn Community Services. They are a non profit that has been around for 150 years working with youth at risk and adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities. We worked with their Gary Klinsky Children’s Center, which runs an after school program from kindergarten through eighth grade. We brought volunteers there to tutor and play with the kids. I was also there every week working with the classroom teachers, helping kids with their homework, and teaching them ukulele.