Mentoring is a key component of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Throughout your two years, you will have personalized support to help you develop skills and expertise that help you accelerate your professional growth.
Each week you’ll meet one-on-one with your supervisor at your host organization to talk about the work you’re doing and receive feedback on your progress. Your supervisor will provide coaching and guidance to support both your work and your overall professional development. Your supervisor will also give you insights into how your host organization works and the impact of your Fellowship.
Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation, serves as a mentor and resource for all Fellows, drawing on her extensive experience with social impact organizations and knowledge of the nonprofit world. She will support you in your Fellowship experience from day one and is ready to answer your questions and provide help when you need it.
An alumni Fellow mentor will work with you during the first year of your Fellowship and offer support, guidance, and the unique viewpoint of someone who has completed the Fellowship. The alumni Fellow is an excellent source of advice on how to get the most from your Fellowship experience. During the second year of the Fellowship, you will have access to the full network of alumni Fellows who can offer you practical information related to special project work you may be leading as well as related to post-Fellowship plans including career choices and graduate school.
You’ll also have the support of an FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Trustee who can offer another perspective, act as a sounding board or just be a friend and advocate. Trustees have a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are committed to supporting your professional growth during your Fellowship.
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