SPARK is a free, year-long program for middle school girls focusing on leadership and entrepreneurial thinking, highlighted by a week-long residential summer experience. The program is a unique combination of career readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and leadership development. SPARK participants include young women from varying socioeconomic backgrounds across Southern Massachusetts including from: New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, and Wareham. Many of the young women who participate in the SPARK program have already began 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.
An integral focus of the SPARK Summer Experience is learning the foundational skills of how to be an entrepreneur. Over the course of the weeklong experience, the girls work in teams to create their own social enterprise businesses. They practice skills such as business plan development, marketing and branding, and strategic planning all while learning to work effectively as a team. In addition, this project shows the girls that they truly have what it takes to become and to do anything that they desire, and to show them the hard work, time, and effort that it takes to get there.
The impact of SPARK goes beyond the week-long camp itself, as participants meet periodically throughout the following academic year to expand on their ideas and put their plans into action.
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