Six New Fellowship Positions for 2019-2021 With Leading Social Impact Organizations

(BOSTON)  The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has selected five nationally recognized nonprofit organizations to host the 2019-2021 cohort of FAO Schwarz Fellows.

New Hosts

DREAM (New York), Generation Citizen (Boston), Jumpstart (New York), and Playworks (Boston) will each host one FAO Schwarz Fellowship position. Year Up will host two positions—one in New York and one in Philadelphia. These five innovative organizations are widely recognized for providing high-impact programming and consistently produce measurable results for their communities.

“Generation Citizen is honored to partner with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program and proud of our strong history of partnership. The FAO Fellows and alumnus on our staff have helped advance our organization’s work statewide and deepen our local impact,” said Arielle Jennings, the MA executive director of Generation Citizen.

Said Jumpstart CEO Naila Bolus, “We are so thrilled to be able to welcome another FAO Schwarz Fellow to Jumpstart. FAO Schwarz Fellows have been crucial contributors to Jumpstart’s impact in the community, which is why we have hired so many fellows for full-time positions after completion of the fellowship! We are grateful to the fellowship for helping to support Jumpstart’s mission in this important way.”

“Playworks is thrilled to participate in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program, “ said Playworks Executive Director Jon Gay. “The Fellow that is placed at Playworks will help spread awareness of our programming in elementary schools, drive meaningful impact in high-need communities, and become an integral member of our team. We cannot wait for our Fellow to begin.”

Creating Future Social Impact Leaders

“The Foundation works closely with our host organization to design Fellowship experiences that develop leadership abilities,” said Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. “But we’re just as interested in increasing the impact of the host organizations. That’s why each Fellowship includes both a direct service component, where Fellows work directly with the host’s community, along with a strategic or special project that will strengthen the host organization and enhance its capacity.”

There have been 51 FAO Schwarz Fellows since 2006. Fifty eight percent have gone on to graduate programs, 35 percent have been hired by their host organizations, and 96 percent continue to work in social impact.

“The Fellowship has had a huge impact on my personal and professional development,” said Jen Benson, who was a 2017 FAO Schwarz Fellow at Riverkeeper in New York. “’I’ve gained skills, mentors and an incredible group of friends.” Benson is now the Outreach Coordinator at Riverkeeper.

How to Apply

To apply for the Fellowship, applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and eligible to work for two-years in the United States. The application deadline for this cohort is February 15, 2019. The selective Fellowship are paid positions and include benefits. Visit the FAO Schwarz Fellowship website for more information.

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