SPARC Leadership Series

June 23, 2019
San Francisco, CA
All Day

SPARC Leadership Series is an all expenses paid mentorship program for high school students from underprivileged and underrepresented program. Scholars will be introduced to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), professional development, and giving back.

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Orientation Day

The SPARC Leadership Series kicks off with Orientation Day, featuring an entire lineup of keynotes, speakers, and workshops. These sessions are thoughtfully designed to incorporate both theories and practice. Sessions are led by experienced facilitators and industry leaders. Speakers include leaders from Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Forbes 30 Under 30 list makers, and established startups, nonprofits, and institutions.


Sessions on resilience, diversity & inclusion, and accessibility. Covering topics on growth mindset, resilience, storytelling, women in STEM, first generation professionals, and navigating imposter syndrome.


Sessions on professional and personal development. Covering topics on resume & portfolio, personal brand, interviews & internships, and setting goals through design thinking.


Sessions on cultivating relationships, mindfulness, and giving back. Covering topics on mentorship, Michelangelo phenomenon, giving back panel, mindfulness, gratitude, and group service activity.

Bootcamp Program

After Orientation Day, scholars enter a three-month bootcamp program where they will be paired up with a mentor and a network of collaborators. Scholars will have the opportunity to define a project they would like to work toward from start to finish. This project can be a personal or professional goal, however big or small. For example, becoming a better public speaker, landing an internship, or even starting a small business. Scholars will be guided and supported by their mentor and the SPARC’s network throughout the bootcamp program.


Orientation Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA. Due to limited resources, we are only able to accept students from local Bay Area high schools at the moment. Orientation Day is currently catered to students from underprivileged and underrepresented background. Students from these communities are highly encouraged to apply: low-income, first generation, marginalized groups, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).

  • Interest in learning about STEM, personal and professional development, and giving back
  • Currently a junior or senior attending a high school in one of these Bay Area’s counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County
  • Ability to attend and participate for the full duration of Orientation Day on Saturday, 6/15/2019, from 9am-7pm
  • Active participation in the entirety of the Bootcamp Program for three months.
  • Complete the SPARC Leadership Series Application by deadline (3/20/2019, 11:00p)

Acceptance to the program will based on attitude over aptitude. For this reason, we did not ask for your current GPA or high school transcript. Please respond to all the questions in the application honestly and let your personality shine. We’re looking forward to reading your application and learning more about you. If you have any questions about the application, we’re here to help.

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Our outreach team is hosting an Infosession Livestream on February 23. Join the livestream to learn more about the summit and application. RSVP

Supporting & Partnering With SPARC

The SPARC Leadership Series is a completely all expenses paid program. SPARC brings our entire lineup of workshops and speakers directly to our students’ community to mitigate all financial and transportation hardships.

As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SPARC Summit is completely run by volunteers. Your partnership and financial support will enable us to expand our programming and keep our summit accessible to our students and attendees for years to come. All donations are tax deductible. SPARC’s EIN: 83-124221

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Make A Difference

We’re currently looking for mentors who are young professionals from all backgrounds in tech, startups, business, graduate/medical/law/business schools, and nonprofits. Mentors will be part of our inaugural SPARC Leadership Series to guide our first cohort of high school students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds to catalyze their personal and professional goals.

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Get In Touch With SPARC!

Whether you’re interested in becoming a partner, join our team, or have questions about our program, we’re here for you!

SPARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of young leaders, especially those from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds, to catalyze and achieve their dreams through project based learning and mentorship. All donations are tax deductible. EIN: 83-12422