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The FAO Schwarz Fellows Newsletter

2021 Cohort Update

Marielena Fernandez


Mari is the Youth Development Specialist at DREAM.

Emily Hynes

Year Up (NYC)

I changed jobs in May 2022 and am now working for Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance as a Program Associate. I am loving my new job so far, and am excited that I get to work with those directly affected by ovarian cancer through our support groups, our advocacy program, and our peer mentorship program.
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Meredith Jones

Jumpstart (NYC)

I am the Administrative Assistant at Neighborhood Villages and pursuing my EdS in School Psychology from UMASS Boston.

Angela Ortiz

Generation Citizen (Boston)

I’m working as the Assistant to the Director at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard. My colleagues are thoughtful and kind and I’m learning lots about museum practice, particularly at a museum that holds the cultural heritage of so many groups across the world. Party inspired by them, I’m hoping to pursue a degree in library sciences soon!

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Taylor Reese

Year Up (Philadelphia)

This year was a bit of a professional whirlwind. After deciding the role I started in January was not a good fit for me, I sought to return to the nonprofit world, and am glad to say I landed at Jobs for the Future (JFF), an organization doing workforce development and economic advancement, but in a different way than my Fellowship host organization, Year Up. So far I’m loving being a “JFFer,” and look forward to increased responsibilities for our Employer Mobilization team and Center for Justice & Economic Advancement this year! I am also glad to be remaining on with the Fellowship as the manager. It’s such a joy to get to work with and learn from the current Fellows, and share the opportunity with college seniors.

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"My goal has always been to bring joy and opportunity to young people."
Marialena Fernandez
Youth Development Specialist at DREAM