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FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship

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Who We Are

Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. From our urban farms to our national college campaign, we bring together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems.

The Food Project's nationally recognized Youth Programs combine agriculture, enterprise, and service to create a rigorous, practical, and integrated experience. Teenagers from greater Boston and the North Shore of eastern Massachusetts cultivate our urban and suburban farmland, participate in workshops, work with local hunger relief organizations, lead volunteers in the fields, and endeavor to expand community food access.

The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship

The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation is a modest-sized foundation funded through ongoing royalty payments from the current owners of the FAO Schwarz toy store to a foundation established by descendants of the store’s founders and former owners. The Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship is a two-year program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the education and youth development field and to strengthen high-quality youth-serving organizations. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to children/youth as well as initiating new projects, research, or programs that may involve public policy, organizational replication or sustainability efforts, or other new initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, it is the Foundation’s hope that the Fellows receive experiences, training, and mentorship that launch them on successful careers as leaders in the youth development and educational field.

Our Youth Programs

Youth are introduced to The Food Project through our Summer Youth Program (SYP). For six and a half weeks, they help to grow and harvest fresh vegetables on our urban and suburban farmland and serve their communities by helping to run reduced-price farmers' markets, bringing food that they've grown to hunger relief organizations, and presenting at our community lunches. On completing SYP, youth who continue to work with us participate in our Academic Year Program (AYP) and our Internship Program. AYP participants spend Saturdays and weekday afternoons expanding on the knowledge of sustainable agriculture and food justice that they acquired in SYP. They also build public speaking and job readiness skills. Participants in the Internship Program put their knowledge into action by partnering with staff and community members to engage in hands-on projects that further the mission of The Food Project.

In recruiting for all of our youth programs, we follow a strategy designed to bring together a diverse group of youth and adults in order to cultivate mutual understanding across geographic, socioeconomic, and racial boundaries. Our youth are not simply enrolled in an enrichment program; they work hard, learn important leadership skills, and have fun together. All youth are paid for their work; earning a paycheck instills in them a sense of responsibility while providing an economic support and incentive.

Through TFP's Youth Programs, teenagers are given opportunities for deep and sustained learning. As they move through the programs, youth are both given more responsibility and presented with greater challenges.

What We Seek

We seek an energetic recent graduate from college who is committed to youth development as a career path to be our next FAO Schwarz Fellow. The Fellow will help to plan for and deliver two of our key youth programs (Summer Youth Program and Academic Year Program) as well as re-engaging our alumni into The Food Project.


  • Two-year commitment to the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.
  • Work with existing youth in our programs to recruit, interview, and enroll new youth into our Summer and Academic Year Programs.
  • Plan the logistics for our Summer Youth Program.
  • Manage the logistics around safety for our Summer Youth Program.
  • Help deliver the curriculum and implement programming for our Summer Youth Program.
  • Plan and coordinate major events for youth and their families.
  • In first year of fellowship, help deliver the Academic Year Program on some Saturdays; in the second year, run the program on all Saturdays.
  • Recruit train, and enroll alumni youth and young adults into our Alumni Consultant program.
  • Develop one-time engagement opportunities for our high school age alumni.
  • Collect data on youth and alumni programs and analyze for program improvements.


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college
  • Experience working for nonprofit organizations
  • Basic knowledge of financial systems
  • Basic knowledge of Apple Mac OS and business applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Apps, and Filemaker Pro
  • Basic knowledge of internet-based programs, including web browsers, Google Apps, and social media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Interest and experience in youth development/workforce training/human resources management for teenagers and programming
  • Strong communication skills; written and verbal

Recruitment Process

We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates, and contact only those individuals selected to continue in the search process. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send resume and cover letter via email to: [email protected]

Electronic submission is greatly preferred. However, correspondence can be mailed to:

Susan MacDougall, The Food Project, 10 Lewis Street, Lincoln, MA 01773

Applications can also be faxed to: (781) 259-9659

The application deadline is April 23, 2012.

The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position.

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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