Soraya joined Access Youth Academy in August 2015. Born and raised in South San Diego, Soraya became the first in her family to enroll and graduate from a four-year university. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Teach For America Chicago corp to teach in Chicago’s under-served communities. Soraya taught 4th grade Bilingual education on the Northwest side of Chicago for three years before deciding to move back to San Diego.
Here’s her take on her first week at Access…
“My first week at Access was a success! From the moment I stepped foot into the office, the staff made me feel right at home. This immediate sense of comfort allowed me to ask for guidance and questions. I had to take in lots of information regarding Access and the Academic coordinator position; however, Chrissy facilitated the transition beautifully. She provided the freedom to create a classroom space but also suggested certain things we could add for the students. Also, knowing that my colleagues have high expectations for each other encourages me to continue learning and working hard.
One of the best parts of being part of the Access family is that the team works with passion and conviction to impact the lives of our youth. The students are at the forefront of every decision that is made at Access. In turn, the students feel the love and are invested in the program.”