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Travis A. Lovett's Personal Meeting Room - Shared screen with speaker view
Kira Traylor
10:40
Hi! I’m Kira Traylor from Dallas, Texas. My favorite quarantine meal is my sister’s banana bread.
karentorres
10:43
My name is Karen Torres and I am a pre-frosh from Boston :) My favorite quarantine meal has been chicken fajitas!
Julian Handler
10:46
I'm from Los Angeles, and I recently learned how to make fried rice
Brian Zhou
10:53
Hi everyone! I’m from Dallas and my favorite has been coffee chiffon cake I’ve made with my sister!
Ananda Birungi
10:55
hi guys, I’m Ananda from Thornton, Colorado. my favorite thing to make during quarantine has been turkey meatballs
Logan Kelly
10:56
I’m Logan Kelly and I’m an incoming freshman from Mississippi! My classic quarantine breakfast is 3 scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast, and green yogurt :)
Samantha Schmitz
11:03
Hey guys! I’m Sam another one of the Spark cohort leaders. I’m currently in Mass and just got Sweetgreen so that’s definitely been my favorite meal!
Rothsaida Sylvaince
12:00
I'm Rothsaida from Everett Massachusetts and my favorite thing to make has been Haitian cake!
Tarina Ahuja
12:49
I’m Tarina from Northern Virgnia and I have loved making methi chicken - an Indian recipe :)
Olivia
14:23
Will a recording of this session be available later? Thank you!
Alysha Johnson Williams
16:26
Hi Olivia! We will send out the link to the recording after the session
Travis A. Lovett
16:27
we're recording the meeting to share - we'll post it later tonight to our web site and Instagram!
Olivia
16:40
Thanks!
Danielle Nam
25:14
Ditto on what Eric said about SPARK being a really comprehensive way to gain a more methodical understanding of how to make your vision reality
karentorres
25:37
How does the budget spark work?
karentorres
25:50
^for
Alysha Johnson Williams
28:12
Hi Karen! Every student who completes 100 hours of service through SPARK will receive a $1,500 stipend at the beginning of the fall semester.
Travis A. Lovett
29:11
having some audio problems - if you shut off video, the feed should come in better!
karentorres
29:13
Hi! Oh I thought you received some money to help you with your project! Ok thank you for clearing that up!
Alexander Chen
29:33
Hey! Just a general question: what's normally the size of the SPARK program?
Travis A. Lovett
29:50
we have the capacity to support up to 100 students this summer - we had 74 students last year
Musfika Mishi
30:12
Do you guys accept everyone that applies?
Travis A. Lovett
30:44
if we only have 100 students apply and we have 100 viable projects, we'll fund everyone! :)
Fadzai Ngwerume
31:36
What qualifies as an hour of service if one is working remotely?
Alexander Chen
31:46
Awesome, thank you for the clarification!
Musfika Mishi
32:25
Should we start working on setting up the project after we apply or wait until we get results of acceptance?
Roxy Cumming
32:31
Is a public school an okay organization to partner with?
Gail X
33:04
What qualifies a project as “viable?” Does it mean that it has, as Eric said, a real, tangible impact?
karentorres
33:28
How detailed should our application be? If we are planning a curriculum or a program should we give you an example of a lesson or a day in the program?
Musfika Mishi
33:41
^^
Julian Handler
33:43
Can twins work together on the same project? If we have to work on two different projects, how related can they be?
Tarina Ahuja
34:18
Hello :) Thank you so much for all of the incredible information! For this year, due to local regulations, is it alright if our project is largely remote-based?
Kira Traylor
34:33
are we allowed to begin working before july 6th?
Ahmad Alsheikh
35:50
will we find out if we will receive the funding before beginning the project?
JD Deal
36:00
Here's the SPARK FAQ: https://publicservice.fas.harvard.edu/faq-0
karentorres
37:14
Can some of your 100 hours be done before the Spark program time frame if you need to prepare for your project?
Maanasa
37:41
Is it alright if your project involves multiple service organizations instead of serving in one particular site?
Fadzai Ngwerume
38:21
How do we record our hours?
karentorres
39:17
ok thank you!
Maanasa
39:35
Also, you mentioned that there is some flexibility with the deadline if we are actively working on narrowing down and preparing for our project. How much flexibility?
Alexander Chen
39:49
On the sample proposal, the student listed a certain city as her "hometown"; can we also list a county as our home base if we see the community that we want to target as larger than just our city? Thanks!
Justin Hu
40:22
This is a little specific, but I was wondering--for my spark project I want to teach my school district’s students martial arts and build resources to help them engage in these cultural histories. I have already established connections with local schools and libraries to draft curricula/promote my initiative. But, I believe the organization that will assist me the most (and that I can use to contribute most effectively) is my KungFu Dojo, because many of its resources are relevant to my project. My dojo has been involved in community empowerment etc. Could I list my KungFu school as the organization that I am working with?
Evon Thompson
41:13
What does engagement with the program look like beyond the community project?
Justin Hu
42:21
Got it, thank you so much!
karentorres
42:42
What is the best way to contact to you all with more personal questions about our specific projects?
Musfika Mishi
42:50
Would you guys be willing to provide us with assistance and guidance before July 6th so help us get the project started? If need be that is
Tarina Ahuja
43:54
Due to current conditions, is it viable if our projects are largely remotely executed (i.e. creating virtual curriculums for certain communities) Thank you so much for the information :)
JD Deal
44:05
publicservice@fas.harvard.edu
Brian Zhou
44:33
are we still expected to meet with mentors in person given the social distancing/lockdown situation right now due to COVID 19?
karentorres
45:40
Also will webinars be scheduled at times that do not conflict with our projects? For example my plan is to teach a course online to BPS students through a nonprofit and
angela zhong
45:55
What characteristics or metrics do you look for that makes proposals impactful?
karentorres
46:05
I will have to meet with them at specific times. So will I be able to choose my webinar times?
Ananda Birungi
47:00
my host organization has several projects that they would like help with... do I have to select one of those projects and develop it?
Musfika Mishi
47:00
If we are thinking of creating a curriculum, could we reach out to some Harvard professors to help us create a strong curriculum? Do you think they would be willing to help us?
angela zhong
47:13
thank you :) love the community focus!
karentorres
47:20
^^^^^ Good question!!
Evelyn Chen
47:23
Would it be possible to still be part of the SPARK program and community even if we don’t receive funding?
Alexander Chen
47:28
Would you recommend us to have similar section as the sample proposal (Background, Impact, Qualifications, etc.) in our own proposal? Thanks!
Jade Lozada
48:42
Can we work with a youth organization as long as our mentor is older than/senior to us?
karentorres
53:36
Ok thank you so much!
karentorres
54:34
Ruth, you mentioned making a curriculum any tips for making one?
Ruth Jaensubhakij
55:07
Hey Karen!! Yes I’ll speak on that in a second :)
Justin Hu
55:21
Sorry, I forgot :P what was the name of the Chinatown teaching initiative? Or the broader program?
Musfika Mishi
57:58
Would you guys like to create a group chat for all the students who are thinking of creating a curriculum of some sort?
Musfika Mishi
58:27
@ class of 2024 ^^
Ananda Birungi
58:32
can someone talk about what their average week looked like doing their SPARK project ?
Ruth Jaensubhakij
01:00:07
For anyone who has more curriculum questions—feel free to reach out at rjaensubhakij@college.harvard.edu or message me on Facebook!
Elise Colin
01:01:58
My email is elise_colin@college.harvard.edu! The program I run with PBHA is with younger students (2nd-6th grade) if anyone has any questions on that(:
Eric Li
01:03:14
text me at 7134092453! If you have any questions abt harvard or stuff in general, glad to answer them—I’m a CS and Economics concentrator and incoming sophomore
JD Deal
01:03:21
DM me @jadenddeal on insta / twitter or find me on facebook if you have any questions. I'm really involved in the Institute of Politics with a passion for civic engagement, defs reach out!
angela zhong
01:04:11
thank you
angela zhong
01:04:13
!!
Samantha Schmitz
01:04:20
You can reach me at seschmitz@college.harvard.edu! Thanks for joining and would love to talk to anyone that has questions!
karentorres
01:04:36
Thanks!!
Ahmad Alsheikh
01:04:36
thank you so much!
Evelyn Chen
01:04:39
Thank you so much everyone!
Fahad
01:04:39
Thank you very much for hosting this call!
Danielle Nam
01:04:40
Feel free to email me at daniellenam@college.harvard.edu! I’m happy to talk about SPARK or anything else about college :)
Alysha Johnson Williams
01:04:46
Instagram @harvardserves :)
Roxy Cumming
01:04:46
Thanks!
Kira Traylor
01:04:50
thank you!
Gabrielle Pesantez
01:04:51
Thank you so much!
Flora Tang
01:04:52
Follow us at @Harvardserves on Instagram! More content on student projects from last summer to come!
Logan Kelly
01:04:52
thank you all!
Cindy Liu
01:04:53
Thank you so much!
Alexander Chen
01:04:54
Thank you so much for hosting this!
Justin Hu
01:04:58
Thank you so much!
Julian Handler
01:04:58
Thank you!
Tarina Ahuja
01:04:58
Thank you for everything!
Brian Zhou
01:05:00
thank you all!
Laila Nasher
01:05:01
thank you!
James Underwood
01:05:03
I appreciate it, y’all!
Emily Deng
01:05:05
Thank you for organizing this call!