Continuing Engagement

SPARK encourages incoming first-year students in the Class of 2025 to commit their summer to public service in their hometowns; to apply their ideas and energy to a meaningful project while receiving ongoing support from Harvard’s faculty and public service staff; and to familiarize themselves with the wide-range of public service resources available to them once they matriculate. To aid students in the familiarization process, we have curated a list (see below) of service-oriented events and opportunities that we hope you will engage.

Harvard Global Day of Service

After your summer experience serving your community, you'll have an opportunity to serve as a team leader for the Harvard Global Day of Service in August 2021. This day engages Harvard students, staff, faculty, and alumni through a variety of public service projects..

Information about the Harvard Global Day of Service will be released over the summer

Celebration Gathering On-Campus

You'll have the opportunity to meet your fellow SPARKlers in person at the SPARK Celebration Event in September 2022. Details will be shared closer to the date.

There will be many opportunities to gather with other SPARKlers when you arrive on campus. Last year's events included a scavenger hunt, a BBQ, a pumpkin-carving and donut-eating night, and a dinner in an upperclassmen dining hall.

Service-oriented Events and Opportunities

  • First-Year Urban Program
  • PBH Open House
  • PBHA Open House
  • Public Service Academy
  • Robert Coles "Call of Service" Lecture and Reception
  • Public Interested Conference
  • IOP Meet the Fellows
  • IOP Study Groups
  • First-Year Council