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“I was writing books I wish I had when I was in high school”: an interview with author Sara Farizan


by Montgomery Jones Every month, the  SPARK Action Squad reads and discusses a book together as part of our monthly #SPARKreads book club. Last month, we read If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, a page turner of a novel about an Iranian high school girl, Sahar, who is in love with her best [...]

Guest blog: Speaking out is hard, but we have to do it

by Sara Gibbons Recently, three high school girls in South Portland, Maine spoke out about their right to not say the Pledge of Allegiance, and the backlash was truly astonishing. Online trolls commented on their story calling the girls “ingrates,” “witches,” and “attention whores.” If you spend any time on the Internet you’re I’m sure [...]

The Sisterhood of Night, like teen girls’ lives, is complex and complicated

by Georgia Luckhurst, Montgomery Jones, Dee Putri, and Elisabed Gedevanishvili When a teenage girl says she’s the victim of a secret network called The Sisterhood of Night, a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial. Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, “The Sisterhood of Night” [...]

SPARK Artists: Daniela Groza wants you to be kind for real

be kind for real

by Brenda Guesnet Daniela Groza is a Romanian artist based in New York City working mainly as a documentary photographer. She recently got in touch with SPARK for her newest project Be Kind For Real (BKFR), which is all about practicing kindness through art. The project was exhibited in the Emmanuel Fremin gallery in NYC [...]

It Happens all the Time: How I set up an exhibition about sexual harassment at my school (and you can, too!)

The exhibit entry

by Brenda Guesnet We’ve all experienced it in one form or another: a small remark from a passer-by that was ‘only a compliment,’; an unwanted hand somewhere on our body at a party; a person we trusted going further after we said no. I don’t have a single female friend who doesn’t have a dozen [...]

Five things I learned from my first time as a leader

Team work makes the dream work!

by Dee Putri I had never been a leader before. I don’t have that charisma–you know, like Ellen Page with her coolness, or Hillary Clinton with her powerful presence? I’m not one of them. I wasn’t born with it; I’m this shy girl. I do have opinions, but sometimes I just feel that it is [...]