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SPARK program

Click here to view the 2018 SPARK Report: Massachusetts Maritime Academy Summer Experience!

The JA SPARK Program is a free two-year program for 13-14 year old girls from across Southern Massachusetts focusing on leadership and entrepreneurial thinking. SPARK offers a unique blend of entrepreneurship, career readiness, financial literacy, and leadership development.

Following an extensive recruitment and interviewing process, twenty-four girls are chosen to participate in the program. Many have already begun their entrepreneurial endeavors and are eager to expand in their pursuits of someday owning their own business; others are just scratching the surface and diving into a world of possibilities.

The program begins with a week-long residential summer experience at Massachusetts Maritime Academy where the girls learn the foundational skills of how to be an entrepreneur, work in teams to create their own social enterprise business plans, and practice skills such as networking, business plan development, marketing and branding, and strategic planning. Participants meet periodically throughout the following academic year and then return for a week-long residential summer experience at Bridgewater State University where they put their plans into action and launch their businesses.

For more information about the JA SPARK Program please contact Nicole at nicole.nault@ja.org or 508-997-6536.

THANK YOU TO OUR PROGRAM PARTNERS WHO MAKE THIS IMPACT POSSIBLE!
 
BRISTOL WEALTH GROUP
BRISTOL COUNTY SAVINGS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
CARNEY FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY
BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY
BAYCOAST BANK
UNITED WAY OF GREATER NEW BEDFORD
STEWARD HEALTH
ROCKLAND TRUST
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