Applying To Be a Fellowship Host
Nonprofit organizations are vital partners in the success of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program. We work with leading organizations in Boston, New York and Philadelphia to design fellowship opportunities that build the capacity of our host organizations and prepare Fellows for leadership roles in the social impact sector.
The organizations we choose to host Fellowships are diverse (list here), but share some common features. They are successful nonprofits involved in direct service to their communities. They have a special commitment to young people and education, deliver measurable impact, are valued and respected in their cities, and can benefit from the Fellowship. We’re particularly inspired by organizations that are addressing key societal issues related to inequity and social justice.
Please note: Application is by invitation only. If your organization is invited to apply, the Fellowship’s Executive Director will send a Request for Proposal. Applications from organizations that have not been invited will not be considered.
The RFP requires prospective hosts to offer a detailed description of the Fellow’s responsibilities at the host organization. We expect every Fellowship to have two distinct and equal components each representing 50 percent of the Fellow’s time: 1) a direct service role which engages the Fellow in delivering services to the youth served by the organization, and 2) a special project role that includes the Fellow’s participation in, design of, or management of a strategic inititiative that builds the organization’s reach or capacity. Special projects must not be exclusively focused in the area of fundraising/development.
Examples of recent direct service work include:
- Tutoring students during afterschool and summer programs
- Working with students on environmental advocacy project to re-open contaminated beach through gathering data about water quality, developing and presenting data and vision for site to Town Board.
- Leading program sessions and serve as coach to students during classroom training and internships to empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education
- Delivering civics education presentations in public schools
- Running community-based environmental programs for young people
Examples of recent special and strategic projects include:
- Participating in the development and evaluation of a new program offering,
- Designing and managing communications to support program initiatives
- Planning advocacy and policy initiatives.
- Playing lead role in developing social media strategy
- Planning and organizing an annual day of service by forming partnerships with over schools, community organizations and corporate sponsors, and recruiting volunteers
- Launching and managing alumni engagement to support students who completed academic support program