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Rachael Fulk served at Leataata Floyd Elementary School at a City Year Sacramento Team Leader in 2014-15. She reflects on her three years of AmeriCorps service, her future plans in the education field, and why she chose to serve the Sacramento community with City Year.

What has it been like serving for the last two years for City Year?

Serving for two years gave me the opportunity to deepen my understanding and connection to work that we do and the community and school I serve. My second year developed my leadership skills; formally leading a team of seven City Year AmeriCorps members, coaching and guiding them through a year of service.

Why did you decide to serve with City Year?

I served with AmeriCorps NCCC in the south for a year and was ready to move closer to home and serve in the educational field. I believe every child deserves a quality education and a chance to reach their potential. City Year gave me the opportunity to follow my passion and continuing serving with likeminded individuals. 

Why did you decide to serve in Sacramento specifically?

I am originally from Davis. I moved to San Jose for college and immediately after joined NCCC. I was ready to move closer to family and friends and serve in a community near where I grew up.

What advice would you give to next year’s AmeriCorps members?

The year will be filled with ups and downs. At times it will be incredibly hard, but never doubt the difference you are making in our students’ lives. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and the people around you. It’s hard to explain the connection you’ll feel to students and the impact they will have on you but know that it will be amazing.

What are your plans for next year?

I will be a part of Teach for America’s 2015 corps and hope to continue working with the school where I served my two years with City Year. 

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