The object of FotoSynthesis is to create a self-sustaining education program to connect middle school students in the DC area with middle schools students from around the world through a combination of social media and photography. Students will share photographs online to establish communications, practice a new art form, and learn the importance of social media. The curriculum will also include reflective writing prompts which will meet national 6th grade writing and reading standards. By combining education, photography, and social media, we seek to emphasize the equal worth of different cultures by highlighting similarities and fostering respect for differences.
Daniel Marks is from Conyers, Georgia. He graduated from Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. He is a sophomore enrolled in American University’s College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in psychology. In the future, Daniel hopes to attend medical school. Currently, he is interested in gaining community and behavioral psychology research experience by conducting scientific research on campus. Daniel serves as Digital Media Marketing expert for both the social business FotoSynthesis and for the mentorship program Scholars 4 Progress (S4P). In July 2013, Daniel participated in a Community Based Learning (CBL) trip in South Africa to advocate for prevalent race and gender related issues in post-Apartheid Cape Town.
Cassandra Fowler is from Montgomery County Maryland. She is currently in the School of Public Affairs as a Criminology major. In the future, Cassandra hopes to pursue a career in judiciary review.
Nkemdilim Stacy Chukwuma grew up in Valley Stream, New York. She graduated from Elmont Memorial Jr-Sr High School, a nationally recognized school of excellence, in June of 2012 and enrolled in another highly renown school, American University, in the fall. There Nkem studies Business, Language and Cultural Studies as part of the Kogod School of Business with a focus on the Spanish language and a minor in finance. She currently works at the Kogod Center of for Business Communication as a peer consultant and participates in many extracurricular activities including club volleyball, Scholars for Progress, where she serves as the Coordinator of External Affairs, and FotoSynthesis, where she serves as the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations. She is passionate about issues such as youth empowerment, cross-cultural relations, and community service. In the future, Nkem hopes to combine her background in business, interests in learning about different cultures/languages and her passion for helping others into an outstanding career.
Stephanie Vela is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in Sociology. She is originally from Cathedral City, California. In the future, Stephanie wants to work for the Department of Education.