WE EMPOWER, TRAIN & MENTOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS WHO WILL IMPACT THE WORLD THROUGH A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Every year, thousands of teens perform millions of hours of service.
Few of these youths receive any specialized training that could improve their ability to make a greater impact in the community. It is our belief that the young adults who complete our programs will return to their service groups—school, religious, and/or community-based—better prepared to make a greater impact in their communities. This impact will eventually reach far beyond the youth participants of the program.
As young leaders with the commitment and skills to turn caring into action, these teens will undoubtedly make positive contributions to their communities for many years to come.
Spark the Wave has proudly trained over 20,000 teens, who in turn have impacted hundreds of thousands of community members.
Spark the Wave’s educational programs were first created in 1976 when the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania began hosting an annual Leadership Development Center (LDC) to educate young people about the value of citizen service. As LDC and its importance in the community continued to grow, the Red Cross allowed the group to spin off its operation in January 2004 to facilitate a more comprehensive, year-round approach to reaching young people in Philadelphia and beyond.
Spark the Wave was incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States. We put on our first Service Seminar in the spring of 2004 for Holy Trinity School in Washington, DC. In 2005, we put on Wave Week I at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia for 39 participants. Wave Week has grown exponentially adding our International Institute in Moldova in 2009 and Washington, DC options in 2013 and 2016. Spark the Wave also offers Service-Mentoring, Club Wave, and Day of Service programs.