We are so pumped that you are interested in attending SPARC this year! SPARC stands for Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community. During the week, you will get to know your new community through service, learning about the issues our community faces, and meeting community partners that work regularly with Wake Forest students. If you have been dedicated to service or have a passion for service that you hope to explore in college, this program is for you!
The program is organized by Service & Social Action (part of the Office of Campus Life). In addition to staff support, three seniors who have served as both SPARCies and SPARC leaders are chosen to Coordinate. This year’s coordinators are awesome and are great role models for what service leadership looks like on campus. In addition to the coordinators there are 18 upper class service leaders who serve as mentors. We accept 72 participants so that means that you will be placed in a group of 4 with a mentor for the week. The mentor will lead you in your service activities but will also be there to answer any questions you have about Wake, particularly about getting involved on campus.
The week begins with a great afternoon of teambuilding games where you will start to get to know your fellow SPARCies. For the remainder of the week the schedule will be pretty constant. You’ll wake up early, meet your group and go off to you service placements. You’ll have a placement in the morning and the afternoon, with lunch at a local student favorite restaurant in between. In the evenings you will return to campus for reflection and then we will all eat out and go on a social outing to help you get to know your new city even better. In the past social activities have included bowling, costumed rollerskating and a baseball game.
This year, SPARC’s service projects are divided into three main issue areas: Environmental Conservation, Hunger & Homelessness, and Youth Empowerment. We chose the issue areas because of their relevance to the needs of the Winston-Salem community and their relationship to the areas in which Wake students commonly serve. A coordinator will lead each of the areas. On your application we will ask you to identify which area(s) you would like to pursue.
SPARC is a great opportunity to serve others while growing life-long friendships. We hope you will apply to participate in SPARC 2014!