March 2021

An infographic about a Community Building method designed by FAO Fellow Lex Brown. The graphic's title is Building Community, The "ICE FARM" Approach by lex brown. The graphic is organized by the letters of ICEFARM with a step based on each letter. I- Individualization: Over time, get to know each person and their unique context. C- Consistency and Clear communication: Remember key details and reach out in ways that resonate with both the messenger and receiver. E- Explicit Ecosystem of expectations: Know what we need of others, know what is needed of us, and know how these needs are interconnected. F- Follow up/through: Be faithful to our word and acknowledge when needs aren't being met. A-Accountability: Make demonstrated effort to be accountable in action to those in our community. R- Respect for each other's humanity: Hold and honor community members as full humans with capacity for growth. M- Mutuality: Others must demonstrate a willingness and ability to enthusiastically build and maintain.

Building Community: the ICE FARM Approach

Since I was young, building community has been noted as one of my strengths. However, having my fellowship experience at Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) begin completely virtually required me to think more intentionally about what community building looks like as a practice, one that cannot be facilitated as a byproduct of proximity. READ MORE

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Fellowships & Internships—How to Choose What’s Right for You

We often get questions about the difference between fellowships and internships. Many undergraduates are unfamiliar with the concept of a fellowship or imagine that they are exclusive experiences designed for a designated few. Internships feel more familiar.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than 60 percent of college students will complete at least one internship before they graduate. Many more will use at least part of their first year out of college to intern in a possible career field.

Fellowships, however, are less understood, far more scarce, and include more prerequisites and requirements. Many, for example, are only available to graduate students. It can be confusing to weigh the benefit of undertaking a fellowship experience.

"Many undergraduates are unfamiliar with the concept of a fellowship or imagine that they are exclusive experiences designed for a designated few."

a person wearing sneakers standing on pavement ling front of three arrows going indifferent directionsTo help college juniors and seniors assess the pros and cons of fellowship and internship opportunities, we’ve gathered thoughts and data in a white paper for your convenience. Fellowships & Internships—Eleven Key Differences And How To Choose What’s Right For You is now available for download.

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