Mission statement

"Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States*."

Spark @ PennDesign : At-risk junior high school students who have expressed an interest in design and have been nominated by their teachers, come to Meyerson every Tuesday for 8-10 consecutive weeks, for 2 hour sessions to work on a self-defined project with their Graduate Student mentor. The program is less about creating a building with the students and more about building their confidence by showing them how they can make a meaningful contribution to the world. The study of design is just a means of opening that door for them.

PennDesign Spark Mentor Alumni

Joanna Karaman (MArch/MLA'15)

Jon Hein (MArch/MLA'16)

Margaret Gerhart (MArch/MLA'16)

Shiyun Wang (MArch'15)

Tom MacDonald (MLA'15)*