Spark the Wave: Wave Week


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Career Exploration
    • Sub-Categories: Leadership, Mentoring
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: <$500
    • Accreditation: American Camp Association
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    Wave Week @ Villanova brings together 12 - 17 year olds who want to change the world. Through a combination of leadership training and community service, Spark the Wave helps teenagers identify their passions and turn them into positive community change.

    Wave Week offers both overnight and commuter options.

    Wave Week welcomes students who completed 6th grade through 11th grade during the school year preceding Wave Week. Delegates are divided into two tracks based upon their age (6-8th grade & 9th-11th grade). Each track meets separately for most activities and for dorm assignments. Meals, social events, and large group activities and service projects incorporate both tracks. 

    Will we do Community Service at Wave Week?

    Volunteering is a very important aspect of a delegate’s experience at Wave Week. We partner with local community organizations (such as Cradles to Crayons, Philabundance, and DC Central Kitchen) to focus our service efforts and resources towards the needs of those who need it most. Through our service, awareness efforts, and take home projects, we will work to help the people of out communities and the groups that work with them. Wave Week affects the lives of tens of thousands of people every year through the generosity and service of its participants. Delegates receive 40 service hours for attending Wave Week.

    What skills are taught at Wave Week?

    • Effective communication
    • Group leadership
    • Motivating team members
    • Service event planning and marketing
    • Group dynamics and motivation
    • Increasing your community impact
    • Fundraising and budget planning
    • Conflict resolution
    • Diversity awareness
    • Personal and group evaluation
    • Presentation skills
    • Understanding and managing your personal strengths and weaknesses
    • Confidence to know that teens can and do make a difference!


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