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Current Host Organizations

New hosts and Fellowship positions are announced each year in early November.

Each year the FAO Schwarz Fellowship welcomes new host organizations. Hosts are leading organizations in their communities—effective, respected and deeply valued for their work.

Host organizations are critical partners in the Fellowship’s success. We work closely with them to design experiences that give every Fellow the opportunity to explore critical social issues, participate in direct service and lead special projects that will strengthen the organization and powerfully advance their social impact mission. 

Breakthrough Greater Boston currently hosts two Fellows. This organization prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model. (Boston)

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DREAM provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn, and Grow. DREAM uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.(New York)

Generation Citizen works to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education. (Boston)

“My work at Year Up has allowed me to combine my passions: learning, writing, and helping others. Every day, I get to help prepare our students to launch their careers and work to raise awareness of our organization so we can support and empower more students.”

Taylor Reese | FAO Schwarz Fellow at Year Up, Philadelphia | 2019-21

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all. (New York)

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The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future. (New York City)

Through participatory public art, Mural Arts Philadelphia inspires change in people, place, and practice, creating opportunity for a more just and equitable Philadelphia. (Philadelphia)

Playworks is the leading nonprofit leveraging play as a tool to promote healthy behaviors, increase social/emotional learning and improve school climate. (Boston)

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. (New York)

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we help create is an open invitation for everyone to explore, wonder, discover, and play. (Philadelphia)

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up is hosting two Fellows. (Philadelphia and New York)

“My Fellowship with Strong Women, Strong Girls was a launch-pad for a long-term role as a Program Manager with the organization. It launched what I hope will be a creative, innovative and brave career in nonprofit leadership.”

Sarah Kacevich | FAO Schwarz Fellow at Strong Women, Strong Girls in Boston | 2016