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Newman's Own Foundation Welcomes Incoming Class of Fellows
New York Ag Connection - 07/13/2017

Newman's Own Foundation announced the third year of its Fellowship Program, as a new class of 17 Fellows is welcomed into the program. The new Fellows come from a wide swath of geography, from Alaska to New Zealand, and they will work at organizations covering six states and Washington, D.C. As the Fellows are welcomed, 13 Fellows from the Class of 2017 graduate.

Newman's Own Foundation pairs each Fellow with a nonprofit organization in a role that aligns with the individual's capabilities and interests. The placements are made by Newman's Own Foundation in collaboration with the host nonprofits. The Fellows are selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development.

"The Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides special opportunities and exposure to social impact and philanthropy that participants may not otherwise experience at a young age," said Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation, and Executive Chairman of Newman's Own, Inc. "We hope this experience inspires them to use their skills and talents to help make the world a better place."

The Fellowship Program is a defining experience that has lasting impact. Throughout the year, in addition to their work experience, Newman's Own Foundation provides workshops, coaching, career development, networking, and other support, as part of a comprehensive enrichment program. The Fellows are able to develop a strong sense of civic responsibility, cultivate a deeper understanding of philanthropy, learn new skills, and help connect their values and passions to career choices.

The incoming class of Fellows went through a four-day orientation, led by Newman's Own Foundation, prior to starting work at their respective organizations. The orientation included workshops in teambuilding and development activities to better prepare them to enter the workforce.

The new Fellows in the graduating Class of 2018 include

- Navmit Dhesi of Fresno, Calif., will be a Fellow at SHOFCO in New York, N,Y. She is a graduate of California State University.

- James Gilchrest of Juneau, Alaska, will be a Fellow at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families in Syracuse, N.Y. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska.

- Sara Louie of New York, N.Y., will be a Fellow at SeriousFun Children's Network in Westport, Conn.. She is a graduate of City University of New York, Macaulay Honors College.

- Hadeel Mishal of Staten Island, N.Y., will be a Fellow at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, Pa. She is a graduate of Wagner College.

- Rodrigo Rabanal of New York, N.Y., will be a Fellow at Wellness in the Schools in New York, N.Y. He is a graduate of DePauw University.

- Sanjay Thapa of Ridgewood, N.Y., will be a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York, N.Y. He is a graduate of Trinity College.

- Yliana Velazquez of Chicago, Il., will be a Fellow at Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans, La. She is a graduate of Cornell University.

Newman's Own Foundation was established by Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy to use the profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own products to make our world a better place by supporting charitable causes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have donated more than $495 million to thousands of charitable organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.

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