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Turning Brick City into Dream City: Launching the First Citywide Dream Starter and the #NewarkDreamCity Campaign on Nov. 8

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Wednesday November 5, 2014

Turning Brick City into Dream City: Launching the First Citywide Dream Starter and the #NewarkDreamCity Campaign on Nov. 8

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A Collaboration of The Future Project, Rutgers University - Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration

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Rutgers University-Newark, the Rutgers School of Public Administration (SPAA), and The Future Project are hosting the first citywide Dream Starter.  The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, N.J., from 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

A Dream Starter is a large-scale full day of inspiration that calls students and community members to believe in their personal power and guides them to realize their passion and purpose.  There are Dream Starters happening across our six cities: New York, NY; New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; San Francisco, CA; and Detroit, MI.

In Newark, more than 350 high school students and community members will participate to empower the next generation of leaders and change-makers of the world. This is a collaboration among Rutgers University-Newark, SPAA - a highly respected institution educating and preparing students to lead in the field of public service and administration – and The Future Project.

List of Confirmed Speakers:

Andrew Magino, co-founder & CEO of The Future Project;
Marcia Wilson Brown, vice chancellor for external & governmental relations;
The Honorable Ras Baraka, mayor, City of Newark;
Gemar Mills, principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School

The Future Project (TFP) is on mission to unlock the greatness of every young person by transforming American‘s high schools into the most inspired places on earth. TFP is the fastest growing educational nonprofit currently working in school districts across six cities: New York, NY; New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; San Francisco, CA; and Detroit, MI.

Launch of the #NewarkDreamCity Campaign

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  #NewarkDrea mCity Campaign is a city-wide photography and public art campaign with a mission to redefine “Brick City” into “Dream City” through the use of stark, inspirational imagery of young people declaring their dreams for themselves, their school, and their community to challenge people’s negative perception of the City of Newark.  The campaign was first started by Divine Bradley, chief dream director of The Future Project in Newark, and his team in September 2013 as they began the transformation of Malcolm X Shabazz High School into “possibility high.”

The Future Project is part of Mayor Baraka's Model Neighborhood Task Force of the South & West Wards, an initiative created by the mayor to develop an inter-department plan to advance a set of economic and quality of life strategies for the South and West wards. The Future Project is supporting the transformation process of these two wards to revitalize the areas into thriving and growing areas of opportunity.  Under this plan the city will engage residents and other stakeholders, target crime, expand access to economic opportunities, and green and beautify public spaces.

To learn more about The Future Project, go to www.thefutureproject.org/itbegins.

Social Media
Instagram: @NewarkDREAMCity; facebook:www.facebook.com/brickcity.dreamcity; Hashtag: #ItBegins

For inquiries, contact:
Franchesca Cifuentes-Andrade, Movement Director, The Future Project, Newark
franchesca@thefutureproject.org,  347-470-4527

Sharon Stroye, MPA, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
School of Public Affairs and Administration
shockada@rutgers.edu; 973-353-3710

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