2020 Employee of the Year - the Essential Worker

Every year, the City of Hyattsville recognizes one employee as the Employee of the Year, and bestows upon them the Seth Holton Award. Holton was the City's first Clerk, and the Award is given in his spirit of service and commitment to the Hyattsville community. Saarah Abdul-Rauf, the City's Supervisor of Youth Programs, is our 2019 Seth Holton Award recipient. 

Ms. Abdul-Rauf graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from William Peace University, formerly known as Peace College, in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2011. Previously an Americorp VISTA with experience in youth programming, Ms. Abdul-Rauf joined the Hyattsville staff in 2015. She quickly learned the role, and in the Fall of 2018, Ms. Rauf was promoted to Supervisor of Youth Programs.

In her new role, Ms. Abdul-Rauf built a successful team of youth program coordinators who have worked to expand and diversify program offerings for youth and teens. In Fall 2018, the Teen Center afterschool program expanded to five days a week and introduced academic mentoring. The Summer Camp program implemented a Camp Counselor in Training program which offers professional experience and service hours for ages 13 to 17. The Summer Camp program also expanded to provide camps on days that schools are closed.

“I’m thrilled with the selection of Saarah as our 2019 Employee of the Year. Her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and commitment to our community’s youth and teens is unmatched,” said Hyattsville Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth. “Hyattsville teens and youth have a safe and fun place to hang out with high quality creative and educational programming. Saarah – and her team made that possible.”

“I am proud of the many things my team and I have accomplished this year - they are a contributing factor to all the success we have had,” said Saarah Abdul-Rauf. “I am most proud that we provide an inclusive camp environment. Particularly, we’ve incorporated American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and deaf counselors to our programming. Giving any young person, no matter their ability, an opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time is important and a reason why I love my job.”

Job well done Ms. Abdul-Rauf!