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Newman’s Own Foundation Launches Fellowship Program

August 04, 2015


 Supporting Career Opportunities in Nonprofit Sector 

Westport, CT Newman’s Own Foundation announced its first formal class of Fellows. The innovative Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector. In addition, the program is designed to expand, enhance, and diversify the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers.

The Fellows were selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. They have been placed at nonprofit organizations in roles aligned with their capabilities and career interests. The placements were made by Newman’s Own Foundation in collaboration with the nonprofits.

Six graduates are participating in the program. They completed a two-day orientation before starting work at their respective organizations. The orientation, led by Newman’s Own Foundation, included workshops in Teambuilding, Development Activities, and Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, as well as overviews of the host organizations.

“The Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides promising young people a meaningful experience in the nonprofit sector, which hopefully will help shape their future participation and support for this vital segment of global society,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “Some may go on to careers in the charitable world, while others may go into business, education, government, etc., or take on that most important role of raising families and being community leaders. We have been experimenting with the concept for the past several years, and we could not be more pleased with the outcome.”

Newman’s Own Foundation created two positions for Fellows and worked with five other organizations to provide opportunities. The list of Fellows and the organizations is below:

Ebiere Awudu of Nigeria, currently living in New Haven, CT, received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Hartford. She was an intern at Newman’s Own Foundation and is continuing as a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT.

Ashley Boyd of Hyattsville, MD, received her B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology and English from Lafayette College. Her Fellowship project is in collaboration with the SeriousFun Children’s Network in Westport, CT and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT.

Rey Llena of Yonkers, NY, received his B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College. He is a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT. 

Rose Pierre-Louis of Hyde Park, MA, received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College. She is a Fellow at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in Hartford, CT.

Karimah Shabazz of South Ozone Park, NY, received her B.A. in Sociology from Bard College. She is a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York, NY.

Paige Ziplow of Simsbury, CT, received her B.A. from Connecticut College. She is a Fellow at Wellness in the Schools in New York, NY.

Newman’s Own Foundation had worked with the Posse Foundation to seek Fellowship candidates. The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization that identifies, recruits, and trains high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential, who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes, and places them in supportive Posses in select colleges. Four of the new Fellows are Posse Scholars.

“We are incredibly grateful to Newman’s Own Foundation for supporting this program and helping to introduce bright, young talent to the nonprofit sector,” said Nancy Easton, Co- Founder and Executive Director of Wellness in the Schools. “We are benefitting from the contribution of our Fellow, while we are able to provide a unique work experience that will most certainly influence her future career development.”

To complement the hands-on work experience, Newman’s Own Foundation will hold workshops for the Fellows that will focus on personal and professional development, leadership skills, and engagement.