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issue XiI SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
As the new year kicks off for both our DP scholars and new alumni, it’s important to shine light on those beginning their journey with big plans. Take Jourdann Fraser (DP20, Stanford University) for example, already in California for her freshman year. Her ‘Change the World’ project sought to challenge Islamophobia and address the Syrian refugee crisis, for which she had several great ideas including: planning and teaching a class on the issues, and organizing a coat drive for Syrian refugees. She chose to lead a class on Islam/Islamophobia to her peers at DPCHS, which she felt was very informative and in this social climate, necessary. Now surrounded by like-minded folks with access to more resources and a much larger platform, she hopes to continue her research and propose new, valuable, realistic ways to address these issues while bringing her more ambitious plans to fruition. According to Jourdann, she wants to focus "on the media and it's lack of intersectionality in the film industry,” adding, “there are a lot of research opportunities at Stanford that I plan to use and I actually met a student who was working on a similar project to me." In a similar social justice vein, Jourdann is also preparing to launch her own blog dedicated to inspiring and guiding first-generation college students like herself –– one that will include videos, advice columns, important reminders, and motivation. Great start to a college career! 
I am on my way Washington D.C., my new home for the next four years! I will miss NYC, but it's time for me to tackle Howard University! The Mecca of black excellence! They are not ready for me 😂❤️💙 I can't wait to make my parents and family proud of me! God has major plans for me. I am destined for greatness!

Radina Johnson (BP20, Howard University

For this past week, I've seen hundreds of posts about college. As I sit in my living room, I cannot express how grateful I am to attend such a prestigious university. As a senior, making the best of everyday for the last time as an undergraduate student is what matters most to me. To all freshmen, take in EVERYTHING your school has to offer. Do not hinder or confine yourself from or to anything. Be very open-minded. To all sophomores, learn from freshman year and try to learn from what you did right/wrong the previous year. Juniors, prepare to go out with a bang. Seniors, GO OUT WITH A BANG in all aspects! We got this! #Classof2017

Ariel Bishop (DP17, Syracuse University)
This month, we want to highlight one of the most important alumni projects going on: back to school! You might be settling into your very first month as a college student, or challenging stats by persisting into your second or third year, or even beginning your very last year of undergrad. The entire DP network can’t wait to see what interesting, imaginative, thrilling projects you’ll all undertake this year. Whether joining a dance squad, theatre troupe, speech and debate team, or becoming active in student government or social justice work –– we want to hear about it! You are all more than capable of changing the world and now is prime time to make that happen.
The new academic year is upon us! And with it come many changes and a new set of challenges for AR: How can we expand our programming to address more alumni concerns? What might we do differently to engage alumni who are less engaged? That said, we move forward with existing programs while improving on the traditions alums have come to look forward to. We’re excited about planning and executing more memorable events, and seeing campuses and visiting alums we’ve yet to reach on previous college tours. Be on the lookout for updates in our future newsletters! 
This summer between the months of June, July, and August, AR made nearly 500 contacts with DPCHS and BPHS alumni, almost 30% of which via in-person meetings, trainings, lunches, and events! On average per month, our team was directly in touch with 40% of all DPCHS and newer BPHS alumni. 
Michael grabbing some pizza at a really inappropriate time.  Tanaya's laughter.  Kevin parallel parking my car right behind a Jaguar.  Bempa's voice.  Shakar walking me to the Metro North.

My job was to support Democracy Prep alums as they made their way through college.  But my memories of the past three years aren't tied to any job.  They aren't tied to a school or to a mission at all. They're tied to people. Sounds. Moments. They're tied to you, my lovely Revolutionaries, impressing yourselves onto my life.  #grateful.

– The one and only Stephanie Fiorelli
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Cinthia Pimentel Ahmad Al-ashqar
It’s only right this month’s shoutout go to Stephanie Fiorelli, our forever-in-spirit teammate and unofficial Mother of AR who has wrapped up her time at DP. She’s moving on to a bigger role, to do more world-changing things––and we’re all very excited for and proud of her. Wishing you maaaad success in everything, Steph! 
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