Chad Fraga is an alum of the University of the Pacific, Class of 2014. He now serves as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Sacramento. Chad serves on the AT&T team at Fern Bacon Middle School.
Why are you doing a year of service?
I decided to do a year of service with City Year because I knew I wanted to be challenged after college. I felt like college really prepared me and learned a lot, but I wanted to have more life experiences. I felt like City Year would provide that. I also agreed a lot with City Year values, specifically in the belief that all children deserve a high quality education, and regardless of their zip code, students can succeed. With prior experience and passion for working with youth and in education, I was eager to apply to serve a year with City Year.
Why are you serving with City Year Sacramento?
I grew up in Tracy, CA and went to college at University of the Pacific in Stockton. I am very familiar with the area. Growing up in Tracy, I received a very good education, from kindergarten to the twelfth grade. I felt that many students around my area did not receive the same education as I did. I call the Central Valley home, so Sacramento was the perfect location for me to serve with City Year.
What keeps you motivated to work with students?
I work at a middle school, and many of my students are extremely funny. This keeps me going throughout the day. Also, I lean on the support of my team. At Fern Bacon Middle School, we have a really solid team full of hard workers. I would say we all keep each other motivated.
What are you interested in doing after City Year?
I am not exactly sure what I am doing after City Year, but I am very interested in doing more service work. I have interest in organizations similar to City Year, and I want to continue the work of service through the realm of education and/or youth development.
How will this City Year experience help you in your long term career and life goals?
I believe City Year will help me for many years to come. Service work has been very humbling for me. It has taught me a lot about my students but also about myself. Knowing that I would have completed a full year of working with students has given me the confidence that this work is something that I really want to do. I hope to continue my passion of service by joining more organizations and surrounding myself with those that have the same mindset. City Year has given me the platform to work within the realm of service work, and I believe it will be a memory that will serve as a constant reminder about my passion for service.