We know you want to make certain that you have the most rewarding, enjoyable, and safe experience possible. To accomplish that, Spark the Wave has created an environment with the resources necessary to meet the participants’ needs and address issues that can affect the quality of their experiences. This section is meant to review the most commonly asked questions. If you have additional questions that are not addressed in the items below, please give us a call!

All of the university campuses and the surrounding neighborhoods where we hold Wave Week are extremely safe. Wave Week is considered to be a “closed campus” – delegates may not leave designated areas and are always supervised by trained staff. We have an extensive Risk Management Plan that has been reviewed by our legal team and implemented by the entire staff. Spark the Wave is fully insured and we do everything in our power to minimize risks and maximize security at Wave Week.

The President of Spark the Wave is also a family practice physician. He will be present at Wave Week for most of the time that your participant is with us and he will be on-call when not directly on campus. If there is a medical emergency, we will contact emergency responders immediately.

We have two tracks at Wave Week: students who have just completed 6-8th grades or 9-11th grades. Your teen will meet for lessons and activities and share a room with other participants her/his age. The two tracks only meet for meals and large group activities. (Note: Final groupings will be based on the numbers and ages of applicants.)

Spark the Wave’s Program Director is in charge of day-to-day operation of Wave Week, supported by a leadership team of trained volunteers. We have a number of high school and college students on our staff that give their time for the week and are subject to all background checks and rules. As a nonprofit, we have a board of directors that is ultimately responsible for Wave Week.


Each staff member goes through a rigorous application process and background check prior to Wave Week. Each adult staff member completes an FBI Fingerprint background check, a child abuse clearance, and a state background check. Wave Week volunteer and paid staff is held to the highest standard.

Our delegates may bring their cell phones – and are encouraged to call home and tell you about their week. We ask that students respect trainings and planned activities by silencing and putting away their cell phones. If cell phones and/or other electronic devices become a distraction, they may be confiscated for the duration of the specific training session.

Yes! In addition to our Residential program, we offer multiple Commuter options. All of our Commuters should come to Wave Week with a good breakfast in their bellies. Standard Commuters attend from 8:30am – 5:30pm or Extended Commuter (5:30pm – 10:00pm) for an additional fee. Please contact for more information regarding Commuter options.

Visitors are welcome at our Night of Service, held the Tuesday evening of Wave Week (details will be in your acceptance materials), as well as our Opening and Closing ceremonies. Due to our busy schedule and the safety and security of our Wave Week delegates, visitors are strongly discouraged the rest of the week.

Give us a call or send us an email! We would love to hear from you.

Katie Oleksiak / Executive Director / katie@sparkthewave.org

Sabrina Briggs / Wave Week Session 1 Director / sabrina@sparkthewave.org

Gavin Brezski / Wave Week Session 2 Director / gavin@sparkthewave.org