Big Ripple™ (Training Teens to Be Leaders)
The Big Ripple™ is the way Spark
the Wave harnesses the desire that young people have inside of them to
change the world. This process helps to empower teens and provides leadership
skills to actually help teens make changes in their community and the world
The journey of each teenager that goes through STW programs
can take many twists and turns. During each step of the process, teens acquire
new skills through experiential learning, action and by mentoring others.
in the Big Ripple™ Training Process:
- Attend SPARK Seminars
After-school and weekend seminars provide
an opportunity for middle and high school students to develop skills in
effective communication, leadership development, service learning, project
planning and cultural competence. Click here to learn more.
- Participate in Wave Week
Wave Week is a week-long residential and day camp which provides peer-based
training in a range of leadership, service project planning, communication
and community outreach skills. Participants pay a nominal fee that covers
room, board and educational materials. In keeping with our mission of encouraging
service, most of our camp staff are volunteers, and many are teenagers.
Wave Week typically accommodates 150 students (grades 7-11). Click here
to learn more.
- Volunteer & Mentor
High school students return to Wave Week to help younger Wave Week campers
on their educational journey. At the same time, college students continue
their own leadership journey by taking on greater responsibilities with
the STW organization and mentoring the younger staff during Wave Week to
reach their full potential. They help lead groups and organize community
service projects. In addition, each year STW accepts several teenagers
on as interns. During this year-long internship these young leaders receive
intensive hands-on experience planning and organizing our non-profit. Click
here to learn more.
- -->Start or Join a Club Wave
Club Wave is an after-school program that encourages students to become actively
involved within their communities by harnessing the social entrepreneurial spirit of
its members. Club Wave’s goal is to build leadership and team skills in its members
so they can in turn design and perform youth-led service projects in their community.
Clubs are not only a great way to have fun but also a place where you can make a big impact.
- Mentor Match
Wave Week alumni continue developing their leadership skills by participating
in STW’s Mentor Match program. Designed to maintain the momentum generated
at Wave Week and our seminars, each student has access to adults with expertise
in areas such as non-profit management, fundraising and volunteer programming.
Through this mentoring, we help increase each student’s likelihood for
success in the world of service.