Volunteer Name: Angela Dumalig - Parent
Hometown: San Francisco, California
A Better Chance Member School:
- Randall: Stuart Hall High School, ‘18 (San Francisco, CA)
- Jeremy: The Nueva School, ‘20 (San Mateo, CA)
- Christopher: Cathedral School for Boys, ‘21 (San Francisco, CA)
When did you become involved with A Better Chance?
When my oldest son was in the seventh grade, a good friend introduced us to A Better Chance. We attended an Information Session and went through the process. Two years later, our second son went through the process, and now, we are going through the process for the final time with our youngest son! At first, I thought A Better Chance was too good to be true. Once I realized it was the real deal, I’ve been telling everyone I know or meet about the organization. I’ve even held application parties at my house!
What attracted you to the mission of A Better Chance?
I appreciate the fact that A Better Chance is a leadership organization for students of color. A huge part of the organization centers on the application process, but there are so many more opportunities for scholars after they find placement. My sons have had plenty of leadership opportunities and have embarked on summer study abroad programs in Morocco and Spain. A Better Chance and their member schools really helped to shape who they are today.
What achievement are you most proud of during your tenure?
Through giving A Better Chance Information sessions over the past eight years to hundreds of families, I realized how much I love working with parents! I find deep gratification in supporting parents who are willing to invest the time and effort into exploring different options for their child’s educational pursuits. I have been in their shoes and can empathize, so I am proud to be a resource for them and any parent. In 2017, I was honored to receive the Irma Garcia Award from A Better Chance in recognition of my outstanding volunteer service and dedication to supporting A Better Chance families.
What is the most important lesson you learned during your time as a volunteer?
While grades, test scores, and activities are all very important, I believe the single most important thing is a parent’s relationship with their teenager. Our kids need to know that we believe in them and support them no matter what schools they attend. Every family is different and needs to do what is best for them. We are not the lucky ones to get into amazing schools. The schools are the lucky ones to enroll our awesome kids!
Why should others get involved and support A Better Chance?
A Better Chance opened doors to a whole new world that our family never took the time to get to know or understand. We made assumptions that independent schools were not “for us.” People should get involved with A Better Chance because we can help others and learn about ourselves and the world in the process.