Let’s SPARK something!
What to expect
The Junior League of Pensacola (JULEP) is excited to recruit the 1st annual Spark Board, selecting high school junior and senior female leaders in our community to serve a one-year term (October 2019 – May 2020). The Spark Board provides a foundation of volunteerism and offers the opportunity for Spark Board members to gain an understanding of the impact JULEP has on the Pensacola community, with the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 JULEP Scholarship.
As a member of the Spark Board, young women will learn what it takes to become a leader in our community and work directly with Junior League of Pensacola members and today’s community leaders. Through this training, Spark Board members will learn leadership skills, professionalism, self-esteem, organizing for effective community impact, as well as many other valuable skills. Spark Board members will have opportunities to volunteer at key JULEP events and projects throughout the community, as well as develop a philanthropic project for JULEP to execute. In addition to working alongside JULEP members, the participants will have the benefit of interacting with other young women their age from across the community.
Download and thoroughly review the Spark Board Program Overview to familiarize yourself with the expectations, criteria, and commitment required before applying. The required participation agreement and waiver forms are included in the information sheet package.
Spark Board application process timeline is as follows:Interviews will take place the week of September 2, 2019. Selectees will serve a one year term on the Spark Board from October 2019 to May 2020.
Applications will be available June 1 – August 30, 2019. The deadline for submitting your application for the 2019-2020 league year is 11:59 pm on August 31, 2019. You are encouraged to apply online, or you may mail or hand-deliver to 2016 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.
Interviews will take place the week of September 2nd. Applicants will be notified via email to sign up for an interview time. Interviews will last approximately 15-20 minutes.
Selectees will serve a one year term on the Spark Board from October 2019 to May 2020.
Required forms to complete application
The application will request the following information:
- Personal, parent/guardian, and emergency contact information.
- Short-answer questions related to your interest, past experience, current involvement and future goals.
- Request for a letter of reference to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, which must be received by the application date (August 31, 2019).
- Upload the waiver signed by your parent/guardian within the application OR email the signed waiver to email@example.com by the application date (August 31, 2019)
- Signature of applicant (write your name in to serve as e-signature if applying online)
Please note the online application must be completed in its entirety at one time. Applicants cannot go back to work on a portion of the application and complete it later. With this in mind, it is recommended you review the application questions and prepare your answers in a separate document and then copy/paste your answers into the application form when you are ready to apply. You can view the application before completing it as many times as you need to.
A candidate for Spark Board must be:
- In the 11th or 12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year and attend a school in Escambia, or Santa Rosa County, or be home-schooled as an Escambia, or Santa Rosa County resident;
- Recommended by school administrators or other community leaders as having leadership potential (teachers, administrators, coaches, instructors, faith leaders, employers, etc.);
- Interested in learning more about volunteer and leadership opportunities in the community;
- Interested in applying the skills gained in Spark Board training in the community;
- Positive and enthusiastic about networking with other local high school teens;
- Willing to make the time commitment necessary to gain a meaningful experience as a Spark Board member; and
- Willing to actively participate in meetings and activities.
Applicants must have:
- The signed consent of their parent/guardian to participate; and
- The signed consent of their parent/guardian for the Spark Board waiver, if selected.
The Junior League of Pensacola welcomes all women who value our mission to apply. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
Commitment and expectations
The Spark Board requires a level of commitment and dedication from each selected member in order to provide a successful and meaningful experience. Please note the following commitments:
- Members are expected to participate in all Spark Board events and activities unless they have communicated with the RED Chairs and been excused from an event.
- Attendance required for all 7 monthly Spark Board meetings.
- Spark Board members commit to a minimum of 8 volunteer hours through the Spark Board’s community service project(s) and/or JULEP volunteer shifts that will be offered throughout the year outside of the regularly scheduled Spark Board meetings and project(s).
- Participate in the development of a philanthropic project with a peer group.
*Expectations and obligations or subject to change.
The Junior League of Pensacola saw a need in the community to engage our youth in the important role of philanthropy and we are looking forward to being able to provide this opportunity.
The Spark Board aims to inspire young women in our community to promote volunteerism and build their skills to become our future leaders.
We, as a League, are very excited to bring this initiative to the community and get young women involved in our mission.
Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
The Junior League of Pensacola welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities
The Spark Board was initiated by the Research, Evaluation, and Development Committee (RED) of JULEP. RED’s role in the League is to assess the needs of the League both internally and externally and to develop a strategic plan for new projects, fundraisers, and initiatives. This committee will oversee the Spark Board curriculum.
JULEP was established in 1956 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JULEP has nearly 450 diverse members, both active and sustaining, and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and volunteers in charitable causes that improve our local community. JULEP and the Association of Junior Leagues International reach out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.