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Welcoming The New 2019 FAO Schwarz Fellows

Today kicks off our fall retreat in Boston! We are so excited to reconnect and share out learnings from each of our organizations. This will be our newest cohort of fellows first FAO retreat! Get to know the newest FAO Schwarz Fellows.READ MORE

“The Fellowship launched my career into the nonprofit sector..”

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship launched my career into the nonprofit sector.

Before I began my position at Jumpstart for Young Children, I had studied to be a classroom teacher. By my final year of college, I realized that I still wanted to impact children in need, but not in a formal classroom setting.READ MORE

Meet the 2019 Fellows: Jaiwantie Manni

After graduating from Queens College, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump into a graduate program or if I wanted to obtain a job to save up some money before I started a Masters Program. I was working at the New York of Science during this time and trying to figure out what my next steps would be.READ MORE

Meet the Fellows: Molly Blake

Recess was one of the best parts of the school day as a little girl, but for my best friend, it was one of the worst parts of the day. As someone who has played sports my entire life, I always played soccer at recess and felt included.READ MORE

Meet the 2018 Fellows: Ciara Williams 

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship has allowed me to continue my involvement in areas of deep importance to me. I was first exposed to environmental justice through community organizing in my hometown of Chester, PA.READ MORE

Leadership is many things

Developing a Nonprofit Leader

My initial love for nonprofit work came from my early involvement in a high school program, called Upward Bound, that worked to prepare low-income, first-generation students for college. READ MORE

The Accomplishments of our Fellows

One of the highlights of our fall retreat in Philadelphia was the participation of many supreme fellows in our reunion dinner and in a professional development session around the power of networking. It was inspiring for our current fellows to hear reflections from alumni fellows about their two­-year fellowship experience and about their professional journeys to date.READ MORE

“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.READ MORE