Tyeshia Jackson - Survivor Care Coordinator

If you could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve ______________?

I would want a “Turn Over a New Leaf and Forgiveness Day”. We forget that we all are human and we all make mistakes, and we’ve all struggled with forgiving someone and wanting forgiveness from others. Having an annual day to start over with a clean slate and no one judging you on your past mistakes would be amazing and a successful chance to help people really make a positive change within themselves.

What are your three favorite podcasts and/or books?

At this time I am currently not into any podcasts. My favorite book of all time is Love You Forever. I’m really in love with poetry so I tend to read a lot of poems.

What are you currently binge watching?

I am currently binge-watching SWAT on Hulu and I am beginning to binge watch Nancy Drew. 

What can you be found doing in your free time?

Shopping, taking my fur babies to the dog park, having girls night with my best friends, getting pedicures and manicures, spending time with my granny and being my pawpaw’s spoiled princess. I also can be found doing and escape room (p.s. I have a solid score of always escaping).

What does your job look like day-to-day?

My main role is to be a support and advocate for the survivors and making sure that their voice is heard. Day to day work tasks look different, but the end result is to make sure that all needs are met and that I build a healthy and positive relationship with the survivors.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

The most inspiring part of my job is seeing survivors begin to live for themselves and find happiness within. I am sometimes the only person who may have faith in a survivor and support them through their journey to recovery. It makes me so happy and honored to know that I can make a change and inspire survivors. Knowing that even the minor things, such as giving my time and listening, stick with the survivors is the most awarding and priceless gift of them all.  

Where did you go to college? What did you get your degree in?

I went to Tennessee State University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

What path led you to work at End Slavery Tennessee?

Growing up I always wanted to help people and make a change, I started out wanting to be a doctor or a nurse. As a freshman in college, I realized there had to be other ways to help people. I had a passion for listening and helping less fortunate children and families, which led me to do case management to make a difference in many lives. When I learned everything that End Slavery Tennessee stands for, I knew this path was meant for me!