The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with the Philadelphia office of The Trust for Public Land under the day to day management of a Program Manager, and with supervision and mentoring from the State Director. The Fellow will work with public school students on projects around schoolyards that have been, or soon will be converted into greened, high-quality public spaces. The Fellow will work to increase understanding of how parks can strengthen the connectivity and strength of communities, with particular attention to the lived experiences of climate change and our ability to mitigate the effects in our everyday lives.
The FAO Schwarz Fellow will educate students, teachers, and community members about how the schoolyard’s new green features create a healthier Philadelphia. The Fellow will:
Work with teachers to develop and implement schoolyard stewardship lessons in schools where playground transformations are complete.
Develop more and better community engagement and stewardship events that will make a lasting impact on our work and those we serve.
Work with staff to develop outreach and communication strategies and educational materials (presentations, fliers, postcards, newsletters).
Organize and participate in outreach events, supervising children’s activities when they occur (workshops, barbecues, art projects, tabling at events, etc).
Conduct surveys of park users before, during and after park renovations.
The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with our lead artist, community members and local artists to demonstrate the impact of climate change on Philadelphia’s citizens and strengthen their ability to advocate for responses. The Fellow will:
Work with Program Managers to develop surveys and interview questions that elicit stories, especially as they relate to young people’s experiences with excessive urban heat.
Facilitate conversations, conduct interviews, and brainstorm how community members can act locally and advocate for themselves through artistic and civic engagement.
Contribute to policy briefs, videos, and educational campaign collateral, etc., that can be presented to the City of Philadelphia to increase awareness of the impacts to residents.
Recommend tools and processes to replicate this work across other offices at The Trust for Public Land.
Review and enhance data collection techniques to better ascertain how we are expanding climate adaptation, social cohesion and creative collaboration with residents.
Applicants to this 2-year fellowship must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.