Rachel Covington graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science and the equivalency of a minor in Arabic. The summer following her graduation, she participated in the internship program with DRF. She then traveled to Lima, Peru, where she taught English for eight months. Rachel is now back in Danville and will be working with DRF for a full year as their first fellow. In this position, Rachel focuses on two initiatives that aim to connect young people with their community. The first of these, ″Engage Dan River Region,″ is a service-learning program that seeks to enhance the learning experience for students at Averett University, Danville Community College, and Piedmont Community College through engaging them in meaningful community service. The second initiative is a service year program called ″Dan River Year,″ or ″DR Year.″ DR Year participants will have the chance to work with a community organization for a year to experience professional and personal growth. After Rachel completes her fellowship with DRF, she hopes to pursue her Master′s Degree in Arabic Studies and Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies at Georgetown University.