FAQ

What is the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation? 

A two-year Fellowship program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the education and youth development field. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to youth as well as initiating new projects and initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, Fellows receive experiences, training and mentorship to help launch them into successful careers as leaders in the field.

How many Fellows are there?

There are currently eight Fellows, four 2015-17 Fellows and four 2016-18 Fellows. Five additional Fellows will be starting in late summer 2017 to join the 2017-18 Fellows and form a nine person cohort.

How do I know if I should apply?

While each Fellowship position is tailored to meet the needs of the organization, ideal candidates are:
  • Future leaders in the education and youth development field.
  • Dynamic, driven, recent college graduates.
  • Seeking a challenging, multi-faceted position at a leading non-profit organization.
  • Able to contribute to and benefit from ongoing training and leadership development.
  • Interested in “on the ground” direct service work as well as “behind the scenes” capacity-building projects (both of which will have a profound impact on the host organization’s work).

Where do Fellows work?

All FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows are in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. The 2017-19 Fellows will be hired by the following organizations: Generation Citizen (Boston), Playworks (Boston or Philadelphia), Jumpstart (New York), and Museum of the City of New York (New York). These Fellows will join the 2016-18 Fellows from: uAspire in Boston, Reading Partners in New York, and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.

What training will I receive?

Each Fellow benefits from having a mentor from the Foundation and participates in two training and reflection retreats a year. These training opportunities ensure that Fellows across several leading organizations can share experiences and expertise. In addition, all fellows benefit from discussions with leading youth development professionals and experts in organizational development, policy, and education.

What are the benefits of the Fellowship?

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows receive a salary, bonus and benefits of approximately $70,000 over the two-year Fellowship, consisting of: $29,000 salary for the first year, $30,000 salary for the second year, $1,000 bonus at the end of the Fellowship plus the value of health-care benefits (around $10,000). Each organization may have a different target start date, but all Fellows will begin their service on or before September 5, 2017.

 

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