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Location: New York
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Year founded: 1991
Number of employees: 90 full-time, 360 part-time

DREAM provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn, and Grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

DREAM delivers comprehensive academic, enrichment, and sports programming to more than 2,500 East Harlem, South Bronx, and Newark, New Jersey youth during after-school and summer hours.

DREAM’s on- and off-the field activities consist of a series of age-appropriate, team-based programs that adapt over time as participants grow and enable youth to achieve positive outcomes such as academic achievement, healthy social and emotional development, high school graduation, college matriculation, and avoidance of risk behaviors. This comprehensive series of programs spans kindergarten to college.

DREAM has designed an integrated learning model that combines DREAM Charter School and DREAM out-of-school time (OST) programming to heighten the impact experienced by youth. This model focuses on physical and mental health, social-emotional learning, academics, and self-advocacy skills—all necessary for youth to persist in and graduate from college.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will serve as Middle School Youth Development Specialist dividing his/her time in half between working directly with youth and completing special projects to strengthen our organization long term as we pilot an integrated learning model.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will carry out the following youth-facing responsibilities:

  • Serve as a 6th-grade advisor including leading an advisory caseload of 5-10 youth, liaison to 6th grade families, and writing and managing case notes.
  • Design and facilitate after-school programming, such as coaching a sport or leading an enrichment track, designing and adapting advisory curriculum and design, planning for and providing academic and behavioral support.
  • Lead Friday Enrichment during after school.
  • Work with youth in positive and creative ways that encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Facilitate academic and social emotional learning blocks including homeroom, and small group instruction.

The Fellow will play an instrumental role in supporting a variety of projects, ranging from curriculum development to data collection and analysis. Projects include:

  • Developing and designing curriculum and activity plans for DREAM’s middle school summer bridge program.  
  • Designing experiential and field-based educational experiences that align with unit plans and overarching goals for summer learning.
  • Driving collection and analysis of data related to pilot success and creating a series of benchmarks to measure this success.
  • Collaboratively analyzing student behavioral data to make recommendations about improving DREAM’s behavior management system, a set of techniques which gives youth clear expectations about behavior and consequences.

Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.

For more about what we are seeking, please see What We’re Looking For and visit careers.wearedream.org.

Please send a resume and a cover letter to jabarno@wearedream.org by February 15, 2019, expressing your interest in working at DREAM and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Why are you interested in being apart of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship?

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

We review each application carefully and will select our Fellow by April 30th. Thanks for your interest.