Harvard first-years implement public service projects

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 17:00 in Psychology & Sociology

For the second year, incoming first-year students had the opportunity to participate in SPARK (formerly Service Starts with Summer), a public-service program based in their hometowns. Run by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship at Harvard College, SPARK let each student propose a summer project dedicated to a service area about which they were passionate. Participants spent 100 hours on their projects, including training and online community-building activities with their cohort, and received a $1,500 stipend. This year, 110 first-years participated, and the Gazette spoke to nine about their projects. Ethan Myers (upper left) and other artists showing off homemade sock bunnies. Photo by Ethan Myers Ethan Myers Beaverton, Ore. A dancer and civic activist, Ethan Myers created Virtual Artists, a free virtual summer arts program in his hometown that engaged both his love of the arts and his commitment to helping his peers give back to...

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