SPARK: First-Year Peer Mentoring Program for Undocumented Students

The SPARK (Spartans Promoting Advocacy, Resources, and Knowledge) peer mentoring program is an initiative designed to empower and support first-year undocumented students (FTF and Transfers) in their academic journey at SJSU and beyond. Through mentor-mentee connections, community-building activities, and informative workshops, SPARK strives to cultivate a nurturing environment that kindles a sense of belonging and empowerment amongst UndocuSpartans. Additionally, students will receive holistic support to help them navigate personal and academic barriers that they may encounter due to their immigration status. 

Components of the program:

As part of the program, first-year students will:

  • Participate in the SPARK Summer Academy (2024: Monday, July 29th - Friday, August 2nd).
  • Attend 1:1 meetings with a peer mentor throughout the academic year.
  • Attend at least two UndocuSpartan sponsored events per semester.
  • Engage in community-building socials hosted by peer mentors
  • Develop a personalized success plan that supports transition to campus and college life. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a newly accepted undergraduate (First time freshman or transfer).
  • Must be enrolled for Fall 2024, at least part-time.
  • Must be undocumented (this includes those with and without DACA, TPS, pending asylum, etc).
  • Must be able to attend the SPARK Summer Academy (Monday, July 29th - Friday, August 2nd).
  • Commit to completing the components of the program.
  • Priority will be given to those who are not participating in other SJSU mentorship programs such as EOP, SSS Trio, MESA Engineering Program, Adelante, API EM. 

SPARK Summer Academy 

Monday, July 29th - Friday, August 2nd (in-person program)

The SPARK Summer Academy is a pre-matriculation program for students who have been admitted to the SPARK Peer Mentoring Program. Prior to starting the academic year, students will have an opportunity to connect with their peers, SJSU staff, and participate in a number of activities that center the undocumented student experience in higher education. By participating in this program, students will gain information and and get connected to resources related to: 

  • State and Federal Policies that Impact UndocuScholars
  • Qualifying for AB 540/ SB 68 - CA NonResident Tuition Exemption
  • Paying for College and the CA Dream Act
  • Scholarships for UndocuScholars
  • Beyond DACA: Generating Income and Career Readiness
  • Navigating Academic Advising
  • Building Experience and Professional Development

Participants have the opportunity to stay in the dorms for the entire duration of the summer program. This program is completely FREE.

Apply to be part of SPARK

For more information about the SPARK Summer Academy, go to our  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions? contact us!