“An experience that influences my work every day.”
The experiences I had as an FAO Fellow influence my work every day. The Fellowship gave me a comprehensive view of how a nonprofit organization works on both the site and office level, while also fostering within me skills and confidence as a leader.
After my Fellowship I became a Site Manager for Jumpstart’s Boston Community Corps. I worked on a team to recruit, train and manage one hundred older adult volunteers in providing a targeted and intentional supplemental curriculum to three- to five-year-old children. My experience as a member of the Jumpstart NY regional team gave me a unique perspective that helped greatly with understanding and delivering useful results to my supervisors.
Most importantly, the Fellowship has introduced me to a group of talented and like-minded young professionals who I can count for support and collaboration. I’m very happy to continue to be involved with the Fellowship as an alumnus and mentor and can’t wait to see the exciting next steps for the current FAO Fellows.
Louis Berman (2013) was an FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow at Jumpstart in New York City. He’s now a teacher at Beauvoir School in Washington, DC.