Terms of Use

Effective Date: June 1, 2017

Spark Program Inc. (“Spark”) takes your privacy seriously. This notice of our privacy policy is intended to help you understand our online information security practices. The policy covers Spark’s treatment of personally identifiable information that it collects when you are on the and websites.  

Information Collection and Use


We collect the following from individual volunteers:

  • First and last name, birthdate, gender, and race/ethnicity
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Address and zip code
  • Education and work-related information
  • The type of opportunity volunteers are interested in, and the skills and interests that they bring to that opportunity


We use the information we collect to help facilitate the volunteering and partnership process and in some cases to begin the application process for mentoring.


We collect the following from organizations and companies:

  • Administrator Information: First and last name, email, telephone number, address, and zip code
  • Organization Information: Title of organization, industry/field, address, contact information (including phone, address, and email)
  • Opportunity Information: partnership/opportunity type, date, time, description of opportunity

Information we collect from parents/guardian on behalf of themselves and their children, and from students directly participating in Spark’s high school transition programming:

  • First and last name, birthdate, gender, and race/ethnicity
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Address and zip code
  • School affiliation
  • Education level / grade
  • Education-related information such as grades, test scores, eligibility, interests, strengths, weaknesses, personality type, etc.
  • The type of opportunity they seek
  • Unidentifiable survey results for program evaluation in Spark’s high school transition programming



We use the information we collect to help facilitate the enrollment in our programs and in some cases matching with volunteer mentors.  This information also helps Spark to support children throughout their engagement with the organization.  If applicants or inquirers are under 13 years old, we ask you have your parent or guardian enroll you, or you may contact Spark directly. We suggest that parents/guardians become involved with their child’s access to the Internet and to our website to ensure that his or her privacy is well protected.


Spark reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, what constitutes inappropriate use of this information.  


We may obtain personal information that is voluntarily submitted through blogs or other interactive features on our public web site. Such information is intended to be made publicly available and is not subject to the protections described in this privacy policy. If you believe that someone has posted personal information about you or your child on our site without your authorization, please contact us at the address below.


Use of Cookies

“Cookies” are small files placed on your computer by our site that are used by your browser. Our site uses cookies to speed navigation, keep track of items, and provide you with custom-tailored content. We also use cookies to remember information you gave us so you don’t have to reenter it each time you visit our site. By showing us how and when visitors use our site, cookies also help us see which areas are popular and which are not. Many improvements and updates to our site are based on the data derived from these cookies, such as total number of visitors and pages viewed. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you wish, you can elect to set your browser to refuse cookies and will still be able to use most of the areas of our website.

Spark uses cookies for various reasons. We only read cookies written by our site and do not make information gathered by use of cookies available to any outside parties except in aggregate form. We do not use cookies to obtain information on other web sites that you may visit. Cookies may be used to store some information about the parts of our site that you have visited previously. We do this to help you navigate our site more easily or to alert you to related pages on our site that may interest you.



Information Sharing and Disclosure

Spark will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone. Spark will send personally identifiable information about you to other organizations when:

  • We have your consent to share the information
  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process
  • We find that your actions on our website(s) violate the Terms of Use or any of our usage guidelines for specific products or services

We may share aggregate information about our users with certain third parties. This information shows user activity as a whole rather than on an individual basis and cannot be used to individually identify you. We use this information to help our partners and funders better understand our services and also to report on public interest in the youth service field.


Linking to Third Party Sites

When you click on links and/or banners that take you to third party websites, you will be subject to the third parties’ privacy policies. While we support the protection of privacy on the Internet, Spark cannot be responsible for the actions of third parties or the content on their websites. We encourage you to read the posted privacy policy whenever interacting with any website.


Your Consent

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Spark as outlined herein. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of which information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. Since this privacy policy may change from time to time, you should check back periodically.


Your Ability to Edit and Delete Your Information


You may request the information you submit to us be edited or deleted by sending an emailing us .


How to Contact Us
We appreciate your questions or comments about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with the website. Send regular mail Spark, 223 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 520, Chicago, IL 60606, Attention: Spark website, or contact us by email.






Effective Date: June 1, 2017

By using Spark Program Inc.’s (“Spark”) website and services, you signify that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. is an informational website operated by Spark that, among other services, allows adults to volunteer online and parents/guardians to enroll students in Spark’s self-discovery and career exploration programs. and information available through may contain features and functionalities that may link or provide access to independent third parties. These links do not imply Spark’s endorsement or sponsorship of such third parties.


Volunteering, Partnering, Enrolling and Applying

By sharing personal information on, you certify that:

(a) you have not committed any crime against a minor, including child abuse, sexual acts and pornography; and

(b) you will not use Spark’s services or website, or your organization/company, to harm a minor in any way.


Disclaimer of Liability

You agree that there is no confidential or any other special relationship that is or should be formed by use of the Spark website or information contained on the website.

Spark expressly denies liability and undertakes no responsibility for the conduct of organizations/partners or individuals that are listed on the Spark website.  Spark reserves the right to screen or conduct background checks on any individuals or organizations/companies registered with the Spark website.

You agree that you bear all risks associated with the use of any information on the Spark website and any interactions with organizations/companies found through the Spark website.


In the event anyone is harmed in any way by any organization/company or individual, you hereby release Spark, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or Spark’s service.


Member Content

Spark reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject or approve any application, inquiry or enrollment of any volunteer, child or organization/company for any or no reason. Spark does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sexual orientation, sex, or national origin.


Spark reserves the right to remove any information posted on its website at any time, at its sole discretion. Spark is not liable for any damage or losses, financial or otherwise, that result from removal of information from the Spark website, or from information posted on the Spark website by third parties.


An individual, company or organization may remove its information from the website at any time by sending written notice (electronic or regular mail) of such request to Spark.


Anyone who registers to use the Spark website and services is solely liable for the use of their password and account. Use of the Spark website to advertise commercial products or services, or to gather contact information for commercial purposes is prohibited. Spark reserves the right to suspend or terminate any user’s account or to refuse any current or future use of the Spark website or services.



Interactive Features

The Spark website may provide interactive features that permit users to provide feedback to Spark and interact with other users. Each user is responsible for the content of their posts on community areas of the Spark website such as bulletin boards, forums, and chat rooms. Spark is not responsible for the accuracy or integrity of third party content and is not liable for any damages of any kind caused by any message in the community forums. Spark has no obligation to monitor any community areas of the website, but reserves the right to remove any posts at its sole discretion. Spark reserves the right to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request.

It is a condition of using the Spark website and services that you do not:

(a) restrict or inhibit any other user from using or enjoying Spark’s website or services;

(b) use Spark’s website or services to post or transmit any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent content of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law;

(c) use Spark’s website or services to post or transmit any information, software or other material that violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material that is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder;

(d) use Spark’s website or services to post or transmit any information, software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful component;

(e) use Spark’s website or services to post, transmit or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial or advertising purposes;

(f) use Spark’s website or services to advertise or solicit anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind, without Spark’s express written approval; or

(g) gather for marketing purposes any email addresses or other personal information that has been posted by other users on the Spark website.

  1. h) users are prohibited from disregarding directions from administrators or moderators. Refusal to comply with requests from administrators or moderators may result in user accounts being removed from the site.


Spark Employees

Spark employees are able to participate in social media and community forums. However, Spark employees are bound by the Spark Employee Handbook and policies, as well as Spark’s Privacy and Security policies. A Spark employee’s failure to comply with these Terms of Use will result in corrective action up to and including termination.


Linking to the Spark Website

Hyperlinks to the Spark website may not state or imply any Spark sponsorship or endorsement of another website, publication, or service. Spark’s content may not be incorporated into another website, publication, or service without Spark’s prior written approval.



Modification of Terms

Spark reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time without further notice. Changes to these Terms of Use will be posted on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last revised.

Continued use of the Spark website after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If you do not agree to abide by these or any future Terms of Use, do not use or access (or continue to use or access) the Spark website. It is your responsibility to regularly check the website to determine if there have been changes to these Terms of Use and to review such changes.


General Information

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and Spark regarding the use of, superseding any prior agreements between you and Spark regarding use of the website. The failure of Spark to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision in that or any other instance.

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held invalid, the remainder of these Terms of Use shall continue in full force and effect. If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.