IMG_2291My name is David Alcala, I am 18 years old and have lived in Sacramento all my life. I am in love with this city and the people in it. I am the youngest of four children, and my parents are Richard and Susie Alcala. My dad and brother work for the City of Sacramento and my mom works at the La Familia Counseling Center. I have three older siblings; Desiree, Danila and Dominic. My sister Desi has a five year old son and is expecting twin boys. My sister Dani has a one year old boy and is also pregnant.

School has always been my community hub. Growing up I attended and graduated from Saint Robert’s elementary and went to Christian Brothers High School for three years. This past year I graduated high school through the Community Collaborative Charter School and am now in my first semester at Sacramento City Community College.

I am Mexican-American and grew up in a Mexican cultured community. I went to 12 o’clock Spanish mass at Saint Roberts. My grandfather was a deacon there and then moved to St. Phillomenes. My family is large and extremely close. It was always nice attending the same school as all of my cousins. At one point my mom owned a day care and we all had a place we could go to after school. There wasn’t a day where I didn’t see my cousins or a weekend where the entire family wouldn’t get together. For example, this past weekend we got together to celebrate three birthdays.

When I was 15 I started working at my uncle’s bakery, La Esperanza. I currently still work there with my uncle Martin Rodriquez and a few of my cousins. I enjoy the close contact with the community in the area. Many customers are natives to the region and have been going to the store since they were young.

I have great respect and huge appreciation for the environment and people I grew up with. I have to thank the Sacramento community for allowing me to establish close relationships with my community members and for making me the person I am today.