BOSTON — November 1, 2023. The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation announces that seven new paid two-year Fellowships in social impact hosted by leading nonprofit organizations are now open for applications.
The Fellowship program provides opportunities for new college graduates interested in social impact careers to work at organizations that are deeply committed to social justice and equity. Through a combination of direct service and leadership challenges, professional development and mentoring, Fellows gain first-hand experience leading change and learn how effective nonprofits create lasting and measurable progress.
Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director, FAO Schwarz Family Foundation, said, “The Foundation has always believed that young people have the desire and potential to imagine and create a better world, and the Fellowship is designed to help them become the leaders they hope to be.”
The new Fellowship positions are available to college seniors graduating from accredited four-year colleges between December 2023 and June 2024 who are eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.
Every Fellowship position is uniquely designed to provide a recent graduate with a strong interest in social change the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the drivers of inequality, explore different approaches used in addressing social challenges, and develop leadership and professional skills that will help them launch successful careers in social justice.
The host organizations selected for the next cohort are 826 Boston (Boston) which is a first-time host, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, The Clay Studio, The Food Trust (Philadelphia), and the Museum of the City of New York (New York City). They will each host one new Fellow. Reading Partners (New York City) will host two Fellows in New York. Click on their names to learn more about Fellowship positions that will be available to the next cohort.
Primo Lasana, Executive Director of Reading Partners said, “FAO Schwarz Fellows have become an invaluable resource to Reading Partners NYC and even our national organization. Our most recent fellow joined the staff team at RPNYC and currently is a staff member at our national organization.”
The seven Fellowships for 2024 – 2026 include direct service opportunities in STEM and environmental education, healthy food and food security, arts education, cultural experiences and early literacy and reading. Fellows will engage in key projects that include expanding popular programs, developing strategic partnerships in the community, and creating and implementing communications strategy.
Fellows who start their Fellowship during the summer of 2024 will receive total compensation of approximately $90,000 plus benefits and professional development over the course of the two-year Fellowship.
Selection is competitive and by application. Since the Fellowship’s founding in 2006, there have been 73 FAO Schwarz Fellows. Nearly 41 percent have been hired by their host organizations at the completion of their Fellowship, 59 percent have gone on to graduate and professional education programs, and 95 percent continue to work in the social impact sector.
Applications are due by February 5, 2024 at 9:00 pm ET. Interested students can apply online at the Fellowship website and are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Fellowship’s online info sessions.
Visit faoschwarzfellowship.org for more information.
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