SPARK | Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

SPARK program

Click here to download the 2020-2022 SPARK Program Application

The JA SPARK Program is a free two-year program for middle school girls from across Southern Massachusetts focused on leadership development and entrepreneurial thinking. SPARK offers a unique blend of financial literacy, career readiness, entrepreneurship, 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 and to apply for the 2020-2022 SPARK Program, click here.

Questions? Contact JA Events & Development Manager Nicole Nault at or 508-997-6536.

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

2019 SPARK Camp Video

Created by SPARK Camp Counselors Yovelys Alvarez-Lara & Selines Diaz

Bristol County Savings Bank
Bristol Wealth Group
Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Southcoast Health
United Way of Greater New Bedford
BayCoast Bank
Rockland Trust
Saint Anne's Hospital
Bridgewater State University
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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    Kindergarten Teacher
  • "I was elated to see the great boost in confidence my daughter gained."

    SPARK Parent
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    Kindergarten Teacher
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    Titan Scholarship Recipient
  • "This program is so important for students to understand they are part of a bigger community."

    School Administrator
  • "I really think this is a great program for the kids and I'm glad that they give these children the opportunity to show that they can be successful businesswomen."

    SPARK Parent
  • "The most heartwarming moments are when the children present you with drawings or tell you, ‘This has been the best day ever!'"

    JA Volunteer
  • "They're learning about important concepts like how and why to earn and save money at such a young age, and those lessons will help them become responsible members of the community as they get older."

    Kindergarten Teacher

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