Sarbjit Nahal

Director of Programs


Sarbjit is a passionate lifelong educator focused on empowering at risk youth and helping them create a better future for themselves. As a public school teacher, Sarbjit worked across multiple school districts where she taught multi-grade level classes in elementary and intermediate levels. She has served as a part of the adjunct faculty at CSU Sacramento’s Teacher Education Program where she emphasized inclusion and empathy. Sarbjit is a mentor to students in her community helping them develop skills to overcome obstacles in order to pursue their degrees.

What high school did you attend and in what city?

Sutter High School and Yuba City High School (Yuba City, CA)

What song motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw. I love each lyric in the entire song.

What after school programs, or activities did you participate in while in high school?

I grew up as a peach farmer’s daughter so most of my free time was spent working in the orchards. My dad was pretty strict and kept us sisters busy doing irrigation, fertilizing, tractor work, and harvesting. In high school, the only extracurricular activity I was involved in was the Asian Club/East-Indian Club.

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

  • Empathetic
  • People-person
  • Loves the beach

Who are your favorite people, groups, or organizations to follow on social media?

  • Humans of Bombay, Humans of New York
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm, ENEWS

Please define what it means to you to be a HOPE dealer.

Being a HOPE dealer to me means giving youth a vision, a voice, a safe space and the tools to be successful in life. It means teaching them how to advocate for themselves and to check their mental health and to know that they are not alone.