Impact

Welcome to the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Class of 2022

Welcome to our new class of FAO Fellows, who have all begun their Fellowships at their Host Organizations. Though this year looks different with remote work and retreats, we look forward to seeing all that our fellows will learn and accomplish in their first year. Meet the 2020-2022 recipients!READ MORE

Reflection on My Two Years at Reading Partners

As I wrapped my time at Reading Partners, the way we interacted with students shifted enormously. My time with students came to an end earlier than expected. The way I interacted with community partners became part of my virtual reality. 

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A Two-Year Program in Social Impact: A FAO Schwarz Fellowship Experience

Check out FAO Schwarz Fellowship recent graduate Nick Mitch’s interview on ProFellow! Nick wrapped up his Fellowship in 2020 at Riverkeeper New York and will be entering as a Master in Urban Planning student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the fall.

 

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Navigating Community Outreach and Policy Advocacy

On a rainy Tuesday morning, my coworker and I lugged our Jumpstart bags stuffed with books and craft supplies to a Brooklyn preschool. Though I had already coordinated many such events since I started my role six months ago, I still felt anticipation as I imagined how the children and teachers might respond to the books and activity. Like always, however, the skilled teachers made the event a breeze, catching tantrums before they escalated and prompting the students with thoughtful questions about the book.

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Leading the Recess Wellness Champion Program: How Play Led Me to Greater Leadership Opportunities

My time at Playworks New England has been a transformative experience! At the beginning of my fellowship term, I had a difficult time transitioning from my place of origin in New York City to moving to Boston, a city new to me. I did not have relatives and had very few friends who were in the Boston area. With the support of Playworks, my co-workers quickly became my friends and some even that I could confide in. My position at Playworks has challenged me beyond my comfort zone as it has encouraged me to practice leadership skills and hone strengths that I didn’t know existed in myself. 

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