The innovative apprenticeship, incubated by Atlanta based design firm Orange Sparkle Ball, completes its first corps rotation and launches video series.
On July 31, Spark Corps’ inaugural corps members completed their design apprenticeship. The innovative non-profit launched in June, 2015, offering young designers an intensive two month apprenticeship in design thinking as a means of approaching social problems, as well as training in business skills to prepare them for the competitive world of professional design work.
Corps members work on projects for non-profit clients, from inception to execution, receive training and mentorship in project and client management, presentation and problem solving skills, and design fundamentals. Each Corps member oversees a project of their own, while working with other members to execute all projects and each project will be assessed on delivery and in a six month follow up assessment to determine long-term success of the project.
The first class of Corps members have completed projects for MARTA and The Task Force for Global Health, as well as an internal design education book for kids.
"I’m delighted with the way the summer 2015 beta program went. This summer proved that the programs goals of providing real project work for young designers with a social impact focus was right on target. The social impact community received us very well and we made some partnerships we hope will be long-lasting," said Meaghan Kennedy, founder of Spark Corps. "Our next focus will be on building program infrastructure, identifying a publisher for the design book and continuing to build partner relationships."
Inaugural Corps members Allie Miller and Grace Cha were hand selected through interviews and consultations. Miller oversaw the coordination and implementation of Spark Corps design projects in addition to managing social media content. She returns now to pursuing a Master of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a B.A. in fine arts from Mount Holyoke College. Cha, returns to her Industrial Design Master’s program at Georgia Tech, where she will now focus on her thesis. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Miller and Cha are featured in a new video released by Orange Sparkle Ball. The video, highlighting Spark Corps, is the first in a series of planned videos, intended to make the Spark Corps experience available to anyone at their computer. Upcoming videos will feature Spark Corps founder Meaghan Kennedy and an in-depth look at the program’s design process. The video can be viewed at http://sparkcorps.org.
Next up for Spark Corps is a focus on the program infrastructure, incorporating lessons learned from the summer beta program. Miller has agreed to stay on for the 2015-2016 school year to continue her program management role.