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A blue graphic with yellow text announcing: The 2021-2023 FAO Schwarz Fellows. Across the middle of the graphic are pictures of fellows with their names and host organizations. From left to right: Nia Atkins at Year Up, Kendyl Boyd at the Barnes Foundation, Jasmin Norford at Jumpstart NYC, Ryan Telingator at Jumpstart Boston, Ciera Martin at Mighty Writers, and Kira Azulay at the Museum of Science

Foundation Announces 2021 FAO Schwarz Fellowship Recipients 

BOSTON — MAY 7, 2021. The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has announced the names of the six recipients of the 2021 FAO Schwarz Fellowship in social impact.

Each year, the Foundation supports six new outstanding recent college graduates with paid, two-year Fellowship positions at leading nonprofit organizations in three cities. Alumni of the Fellowship program regularly go on to hold leadership roles at nonprofit or public service organizations and programs. The prestigious Fellowship is one of a few programs of its kind focused on social impact leadership.

In Boston, the new Fellows are Ryan Telingator (Cambridge, MA), a government and legal studies major and sociology minor from Bowdoin College and Kira Azulay (Austin, TX)  a Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies major and museum studies minor from the University of Texas, Austin. Ryan will be at Jumpstart Boston and Kira will be the Fellow at the Museum of Science Boston.

In New York City, Jasmin Norford (Suwanee, GA), a graduate of Vanderbilt University and an English and philosophy major with a minor in Brazilian studies, will work at Jumpstart New York, and Nia Atkins (North Attleboro, MA), a political science major from Columbia University, will be at Year Up.

Kendyl Boyd (Teaneck, NJ), an art education major from Moore College of Art and Design will join the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for her Fellowship. The second Philadelphia Fellow is Ciera Martin (Philadelphia, PA), an English major and writing minor from Penn State, who will be the FAO Schwarz Fellow at Mighty Writers.

The Fellowship program seeks recent college graduates interested in developing their potential as leaders in the world of equity and social impact. The program provides each Fellow with a two-year paid position at a leading nonprofit host organization where they gain skills, expertise, and knowledge. The Fellowship also includes professional development experiences such as retreats, mentoring and networking.

“The Foundation works closely with select host organizations to design high-quality, transformative experiences that develop our Fellows’ leadership skills,” said Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. “We’re incredibly impressed with this next cohort and their dedication to social equity. We look forward to watching them grow into social impact leaders.”

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ABOUT THE 2021-2023 HOST ORGANIZATIONS

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution in Philadelphia, and its mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all.

Mighty Writers’ mission is to teach Philadelphia students to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life 

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages its audiences in STEM education through exhibits, in-person and digital education programs, and curricula.

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

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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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Logos of the 5 new Fellowship host organizations: Mighty Writers, The Barnes Foundation, the Boston Museum of Science, Yearup, and Jumpstart.

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Announces Hosts for New Fellowships

BOSTON, MA. November 1, 2020 — The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has selected five social impact organizations to host the 2021-2023 cohort of FAO Schwarz Fellows.

The Foundation will sponsor six two-year Fellowships in social impact at five nationally recognized nonprofits. The organizations selected this year are The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia), Mighty Writers (Philadelphia), The Museum of Science (Boston) and Year Up (New York City). Each will host one new FAO Schwarz Fellowship position. The fifth host, Jumpstart, will host two positions—one in Boston and one in New York City. 

The Fellowships are two-year paid positions that develop the leadership skills of recent college graduates interested in pursuing careers related to social change. From education in the arts to education in science, from a focus on young adults to a focus on young children, from small and newer organizations to the larger and well-established, the diversity of organizations selected as hosts will provide the next cohort with a wide view of the social impact landscape.

In a year marked by a tragic pandemic and social unrest, developing young leaders is more important than ever.

“The Foundation works closely with select host organizations to design high-quality, transformative experiences that develop our Fellows’ leadership skills,” said Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. “In a year marked by a tragic pandemic and social unrest, developing young leaders is more important than ever, Nonprofits around the country are engaged in radically rethinking their work and how they deliver their services. At the same time, we know graduating seniors have had their educational experiences disrupted and are now facing a tumultuous job market. We’re grateful we can provide these talented future leaders with a paid two-year professional experience—and a front-row seat to what we think will be an incredibly dynamic period of intense social change.”

The Fellows’ dedication to social change serves as an inspiration to hosts who take their responsibility for the Fellows’ professional development seriously. “It is critical for museums and cultural institutions to provide growth and learning opportunities for the next generation of change agents in the field,” said Barbara Wong, Director of Community Engagement at the Barnes Foundation, which is hosting a FAO Schwarz Fellow for the first time. Jumpstart President and COO Jennifer Templeman agrees. “We must all play a role in developing the young leaders who will create innovative and tangible ways to address inequities for the next generation.“

Host organizations also appreciate the value of increased organizational capacity that comes with hosting a Fellow.  Tim Whitaker, Executive Director of  Mighty Writers,  said “In light of the pandemic, it’s all hands on deck at Mighty Writers. To be effective, you need to be able to pivot quickly to meet the needs of the moment. Having a young fellow onboard that brings enthusiasm and energy to MW will be invaluable in this moment.”

Director of Education and Outreach Programs Sharon Horrigan at the Museum of Science in Boston makes a similar point. “Supporting the agency of young social impact leaders at the Museum of Science will help the organization be a relevant and purposeful community partner that inspires, innovates, and contributes to positive local and global social change.”

Two of the host organizations selected this year have previously hosted a FAO Schwarz Fellow. “We have consistently found FAO Schwarz Fellows bring unique perspective and insight to our work with young adults, and enrich the site in which they work,” noted Elaine Chow, Chief Human Resources Officer at Year Up, which is currently hosting two FAO Schwarz Fellows, which will be hosting two new Fellows, has also hosted previously.  CEO, Naila Bolus said, “FAO Schwarz Fellows consistently bring insightful, invaluable support to Jumpstart’s policy work and community programs, helping us make meaningful progress on our goals.” 

Creating Future Impact Leaders

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship program is looking forward to welcoming its 15th cohort.  Since its founding in 2006, there have been 60 FAO Schwarz Fellows. Sixty percent have gone on to graduate programs, 35 percent have been hired by their host organizations, and 98 percent continue to work in the social impact sector.

How to Apply

The Fellowship is highly selective. 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. Successful candidates will have strong academic records, leadership potential, and a commitment to social impact. The application deadline for the 2021-2023 cohort is February 10, 2021 (11:59 pm EST). The Fellowships are paid two-year full-time positions and include benefits. Visit the FAO Schwarz Fellowship website for more information.

ABOUT THE 2021-2023 HOST ORGANIZATIONS

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution in Philadelphia, and its mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all.

Mighty Writers’ mission is to teach Philadelphia students to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life 

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages its audiences in STEM education through exhibits, in-person and digital education programs, and curricula.

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

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Welcome to the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Class of 2022

Welcome to our new class of FAO Fellows, who have all begun their Fellowships at their Host Organizations. Though this year looks different with remote work and retreats, we look forward to seeing all that our fellows will learn and accomplish in their first year. Meet the 2020-2022 recipients!READ MORE

FAO Schwarz Foundation Announces Six New Fellowships for 2020-2022 

(BOSTON)  The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has selected five social impact organizations to host the 2020-2022 cohort of six FAO Schwarz Fellows.

The Foundation will sponsor six two-year Fellowships in social impact at five nationally recognized nonprofit organizations:The Museum of the City of New York, (New York City) Mural Arts (Philadelphia), Reading Partners (New York City), and The Trust for Public Land (Philadelphia) will each host one new FAO Schwarz Fellowship position. Breakthrough Greater Boston will host two positions in Boston.

The foundation works closely with select host organizations to design high-quality, transformative experiences that develop our Fellows' leadership skills.

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The Fellowships are two-year paid positions that develop the leadership skills of recent college graduates interested in pursuing careers related to social change. “The Foundation works closely with select host organizations to design high-quality, transformative experiences that develop our Fellows’ leadership skills,” said Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. “We’re also interested in increasing the impact of these organizations. That’s why each Fellowship includes both a direct service component, where Fellows work directly with the host’s community and strategic or special project component designed to enhance the organization’s capacity. Whitney W. Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director & President at the Museum of the City of New York, said. “The Museum has benefited tremendously from having FAO Schwarz Fellows. This important initiative will undoubtedly continue to have a positive impact on the achievements and growth of the Center’s educational offerings.”

Several of the host organizations have previously hosted an FAO Schwarz Fellow. “Breakthrough Greater Boston is overjoyed to have been selected to host two FAO Schwarz Fellows,” said Elissa Spelman, Breakthrough’s Executive Director. “Having had a Fellow at our organization previously, we have seen the tremendous impact they can make—and we very much look forward to welcoming the next cohort of future leaders!”

“The additional capacity we have gained from having an FAO Schwarz Fellow is instrumental to our work,” said Jennifer Harwood, the Executive Director, Reading Partners, another organization that has previously hosted FAO Schwarz Fellows. ”With our Fellow, Reading Partners New York has been able to successfully build and foster community relationships in two neighborhoods. We are incredibly proud to participate in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program. We cannot wait to witness the gains our fellow will make in the upcoming school year.“

The Trust for Public Land is a first-time Fellowship host and will host a Fellow in the Philadelphia office. “The Trust for Public Land is thrilled to be an FAO Schwarz Fellowship Host,” said Diane Regas, Executive Director. “The addition of a Fellow to our Philadelphia office will further our work of deep community engagement, ensuring that new parks and schoolyards are representing and serving the diverse neighborhoods of the city.”

“Fostering the creative spirit of future leaders is crucial to Mural Arts’ ability to ignite change through art,” said Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts. “The initiative the FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with, Restored Spaces, is intrinsically future-focused and the directions it takes are highly influenced by young people. Being able to offer a two-year fellowship to a recent graduate and create that mutual benefit is an invaluable opportunity.”

“Hosts play such an important role in the Fellowship,” added Cohen. “Their expertise and mentoring help ensure that our Fellows really have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.”

CREATING FUTURE IMPACT LEADERS

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship program is now entering its 14th year. Since its founding, there have been 56 FAO Schwarz Fellows. Fifty-seven percent have gone on to graduate programs, 36 percent have been hired by their host organizations, and 96 percent continue to work in the social impact sector.

“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

The Fellowship is highly selective. 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. Successful candidates have strong academic records, evidence of leadership potential, and a strong interest in social impact. The application deadline for the 2020-2022 cohort is February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST). The Fellowships are paid, two-year, full-time positions and include benefits. Visit the FAO Schwarz Fellowship website for more information.

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