The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International

Location: 13 U.S. Program Locations National Headquarters: 330 Brookline Ave (BR) Boston MA 02215 USA

Mission: Improving Health. Developing Leaders. Creating Change. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has allowed me to see how imaginative and passionate that students can be, when working with people in need. Their range of projects has included dental health in children with disabilities, community guides for discharged psychiatric patients, nutrition counseling for teen mothers...The list of projects is just remarkable. The Schweitzer fellows also develop leadership, management, and real community engagement skills.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the impact these students have in their projects and visiting health fairs and community events that they coordinate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to fund more fellows, so that the amazing ripple effect of their work continues to spread and involve more underserved populations

Rating: 5 stars  

This year, I became affiliated with the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Schweitzer Fellowship Program, thanks to the suggestion of a colleague who is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life (he did his Fellowship in Chicago while at Northwestern Univ. med school). I personally met with this year's Fellows (2011-'12) and was blown away by their dedication to purpose, professional excellence, and simple humanitarian drive. Each Fellow had organized a project to improve health outcomes in a specific locale in our community.

Most Fellows have already had life experiences that have propelled them towards sharing their talents and expertise with others. These are unusually sensitive, highly intelligent individuals, who make the time during their intensive professional training to design and implement programs -- for residents in homeless shelters, shut-ins, non-English speaking senior citizens, elementary school kids without access to basic health care, etc etc.

They become Fellows for Life and continue to manifest the humanitarian example set by Dr Albert Schweitzer.. not only at his hospital at Lambarene in Gabon, but throughout the course of his life.

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I attended this year's Celebration of Service, when the past year's Fellows present summaries of their year-long projects, including the measurable results -- and comments on how the programs could be continued, and improved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get more PR -- get volunteers who are skilled in PR to raise public awareness of Schweitzer Fellows' work in our community.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a Albert Schweitzer Fellow in 2008-2009 volunteering as part of the Boston Fellows.

The key to the Schweitzer Fellowship's success is organization and a focus of reflection, enabling people to serve in more effective ways. They are a well-run non-profit from the top down and as such, provide a forum for service and learning about that service so that the delivery of programs improves iteratively. Their impact goes beyond the direct service provided—they work to educate a league of Fellows, investing in their future potential to make change.

I am thankful and was honored to have been a part of the Schweitzer Fellowship program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a Schweitzer Fellow and by working as a manager of the free health clinic that I helped open.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a forum for non-fellows to consult the organization just as Fellows do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Continuing to improve the reflection component and meetings such that there are clear skills which are learned throughout the fellowship.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Working alongside others from different cultures. Also, helping me to further envision my career goals and how service to the community will play a part.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Urban Fellowship since the first year and have marveled at the growth of a cadre of caring professionals across a wide group of health related disciplines. The synergistic effect of their collective work and meetings has strengthened their commitment to service for under-served. Every dollar given has been more than well-spent and I fell privileged to share in this wonderful effort to renew and reward service for under-served populations.

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I have served as a mentor for nursing students and helped in the interview process across for new fellows. It is invigorating and and renewing for me to see the next generation and their energy and commitment. Every dollar spent is maximized.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the across the board commitment to service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic and committed to the ideals and purpose of the organization

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to more sites and seed much needed future leaders in community service to improve health across the US.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

As a fellow, my project blossomed due to the structure and goals the program sets out for fellows. I found the camaraderie and companionship of other fellows at my school and in my region to be very motivating – every time we gathered it was like sparks of inspiration, good will, and positive energy filled the air!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization as a student fellowship recipient. I learned lifelong tools for project implementation as well as how to always make time for serving my community. Ultimately, since my involvement with the Al

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create another chapter in NY, where I now live :)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The encouragement and inspiration it provided!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful and helpful people!!! The kind of people you want to be!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!!!!! Fulfill the vision of Albert Schweitzer - as he has said "I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end." Albert Schweitzer

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

Schweitzer fellows can and have changed the world!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Being a part of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship was one of the most meaningful parts of my graduate school career. It brought me the opportunity to not only practice what I was learning in grad school, but the opportunity to reach and out and give back to the community that I was living in. Service has always been an important part of my life, and the goals of the ASF matched not only what I value, but gives students the opportunity to integrate service into their every day life. This organization is not only beneficial to students, but to the entire community in which they work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing myself grow as someone able to reach out and implement successful community programming to underserved populations. I have also seen the effects of 25 students implementing healthcare to the underserved populations, an effect that is incalculable.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

collaborating with like-minded students and professionals, and the direct contact with the members at the community health center.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give students across the country to participate, thus increasing the amount of community programs that are implemented, and thus the number of people impacted positively by these services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I believe in what ASF does. The opportunity was awesome and really unique. It allowed me the opportunity to work with community agencies in the Worcester area, while polishing up skills in public health. By providing agencies with fellows like us, these agencies are able to reach out more to the underserved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my network and fellowship with other health professionals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students in the health professions in many cities across the U.S. to get out of the class room and get into the communities that they and their patients live, work, and play in. The fellowship provides not only a monetary stipend but also countless hours of support and group meetings to meet other like-minded students in the area and get ideas for improving your project. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who is eligible to apply!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth, leadership development, youth engagement

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a wonderful organization that harnesses the capabilities of young health care professionals-in-training to exponentially increase the impact to the community. Each fellow conducts a 200-hour service project focusing on improving health in an under-served community over the course of a year. As a 09-10 Boston fellow, I can attest to the ASF's proficiency at developing and supporting future health care leaders. The monthly meetings include training by wonderful mentors on health disparities, cultural competency, health literacy and a host of other relevant topics. Overall, the ASF was a wonderful development experience that I will continue to recommend to young people year after year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling the camaraderie, the support, the inspiration, the commitment of the other fellows helped me to feel that I am not alone in my life's mission to improve the health of our communities. I have renewed commitment and spirit after participating!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

Participating in the fellowship for the 2009-10 year deeply enhanced my skills as a social worker, a participant in the healthcare community, and solidified my commitment to service. I met weekly with two groups of court-involved young men teaching meditation. In the end, I found my students teaching me what they believed meditation to be. Instead of a practice of stillness, they developed a practice of meditation that wasn't about the "ohm" and sitting in the lotus position--but one of valuing time for reflection. We explored different ways to build a space for reflection. Through monthly meetings with my Schweitzer fellows, we learned about health disparities and delivering culturally competent solutions that were built collaboratively with our clients. The monthly speakers were a catalyst for our discussions and growth. The other fellows come from very diverse backgrounds--working towards master's in music, veterinary/medical/psychiatric nursing degrees, dental students, occupational therapists, public health candidates, and so much more. Meeting in fellowship with my colleagues was inspiring when you saw the challenges they came against and the insightful and innovative ways they implemented their projects within communities--and how they figured out how to make them sustainable. I found my project to be so enriching and focusing in my development as a clinical and macro social worker. The guiding mission set forth by Albert Schweitzer for "Reverence for life" through a life of service becomes strong within the fellows in their project year, but for myself, and, as for many fellows, it becomes a way of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have found that this fellowship has deepened my commitment to service and strengthened my resolve to follow a career path where I can take my clinical work and use it to change systems.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see this organization spread its mission by taking on fellows who are in career transitions, who might be in a certificate or degree programs in that process.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Fellowship in service, enrichment of my development as a social worker within the project, being stimulated and supported by the ideas and actions of other fellows, speakers, and our program director.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sensitive, intelligent, insightful, supportive, inspiring, encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Invigorate a generation of people who believed in service. So many people would like to do what we did over the past year--I had so many people say so to me. Yet, so many cannot because they have jobs/salaries and fiscal responsibilities.

Ways to make it better...

There was a way to do another fellowship project years from now, when I've been working for 5-10 years.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding funding dollars, I would imagine. They manage their money extremely well and give their heart and their minds to this fellowship in the way they designed it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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