Privacy Policy

Spark Program, Inc. (“Spark”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) is an organization that engages communities to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities for middle school students through various methods and activities, including Spark’s High School Pathfinder online tool. Spark is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and security of personal information about our current and prospective students and participants in our programs (“Users” “you” or “your”). Spark has developed this Privacy Policy (this “Policy”) to describe how we may collect information about you through your interactions with us on our website and mobile site (www.sparkpathfinder.org) (the “Site”) or through your online interactions with us (collectively, the “Services”), how we use your information, and how and under what circumstances we share that information.

When you submit information to us or through the Services, you consent to the collection and processing of your information as described in this Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into and subject to our Terms of Use. Any capitalized terms used but not defined within this Policy have the meaning given to them in our Terms of Use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THIS POLICY, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SERVICES OR SUBMIT INFORMATION TO US.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. The “Effective Date” legend at the top of the page indicates when this Privacy Policy was last revised. Any changes will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Site. Your continued use of the Services following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

1. Information We Collect

Spark collects Personal Information about you when you voluntarily request information from Spark or supply information through the Services that personally identifies you or any other person for whom you may be seeking Services and/or allows us to contact you or that other person, including any and all materials submitted by you when you fill out the registration form and any submission forms, questionnaires or inquiries. “Personal Information” means information associated with or used to identify or contact you. This includes information such as your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. We also collect information through the Services that does not, on its own, identify a specific individual, including grade level, current school and school identification numbers, etc. If we link this information with your Personal Information in a way that renders it individually identifiable, we will treat it as Personal Information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. We may also collect Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from you, login times and other technical data (“Technical Information”) as you use our Services to troubleshoot problems, to understand usage patterns and to enable updating the Site.

The following tables describe a portion of the information that the Site collects from you or may be provided by you as part of the Services. The two tables are separated by the two types of Users.

Information Collected and Stored by Spark (current and prospective students) Shared with…
Full Name Spark, for internal purposes; Teachers, guidance counselors and other academic professionals
Student ID Numbers Spark, for internal purposes
Email Address Spark, for internal purposes
Password You
School Spark, for internal purposes; Teachers, guidance counselors and other academic professionals
Grade Spark, for internal purposes
Address Spark, for internal purposes
Parent’s Email Address Spark, for internal purposes
Grades Spark, for internal purposes
Survey Results Spark, for internal purposes; Project funders


Information Collected and Stored by Spark (teachers, counselors and other participants) Shared with…
Full Name Spark, for internal purposes
Email Address Spark, for internal purposes
Password You
School/Organization Affiliation Spark, for internal purposes


You agree that we may use your Personal Information as follows:

  • to establish and manage relations with you;
  • to provide services or information to you;
  • to communicate with you via email;
  • for security, to detect fraud or illegal activities;
  • to prevent or investigate activity we think may be potentially illegal, unlawful or harmful;
  • for archival and backup purposes in connection with the provision of the services;
  • to better understand how Users access and use the Site, for the purposes of trying to improve the Site, diagnose problems, administer our Site and respond to User preferences;
  • to enforce our other applicable policies.

When you use the Site we may, like most website operators, automatically collect certain non-identifying information about you or Technical Information. We use the Technical Information that we collect to operate, improve and personalize the Site, to provide customer service, and to detect, prevent and mitigate fraudulent or illegal activities.

2. Disclosing Your Information to Third Parties

Business Partners: Any information we gather, whether voluntarily provided by you or automatically collected, may be used for our internal business purposes and disclosed to third parties, as stated below. We treat the Personal Information you submit to us as confidential. We may share Personal Information with other trusted companies or people to perform functions for which we engage them when (1) you have authorized our sharing of the information, or (2) we need to share the information in order to provide a service requested by you such as sharing your school choices with a parent or guidance counselor or (3) we need to share the information with others who work on our behalf to provide service that you have requested. These companies or individuals may use your Personal Information only to the extent necessary to assist us and have agreed to keep your Personal Information confidential. Spark does not sell or rent any Personal Information to third parties.

Education Partners: Spark also works with various teachers, guidance counselors, partner organizations and other academic professionals in your community and nationally. Spark may share the results of User’s work on the Site, which includes your name, current school, grade, your schools of interest and any results from surveys taken by the User. Spark does not share the User’s individual grades, school eligibilities or survey answers with such individuals.

Required by Law or Emergency: Notwithstanding any other statements or representations in this Policy or elsewhere on our Site, we reserve the right to disclose any information in our possession if we are required to do so by law or we believe, in good faith, that such a disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, court order or other government or law enforcement agency, defend our rights or property, or to respond to an emergency situation or protect the rights, property or safety of Users.

Business Transactions: Spark reserves the right to transfer Personal Information to a purchaser or successor entity in the event of a sale or other corporate transaction involving some or all of our business.

Anonymized Data: We may work with third parties (such as project funders or sponsors) to improve our services or offerings. We may disclose automatically collected and other aggregate non-personal information, including Technical Information, to authorized partners to provide background on our organization or to assist in understanding the usage, viewing, and demographic patterns for certain content, services, and/or functionality on the Site.

3. Data Security

We implement security measures to maintain the safety of your Personal Information. However, the security of information transmitted through the internet can never be guaranteed. We (like all websites) cannot warrant or guarantee 100% security of any information you transmit to us through the Site.

4. Managing “Do Not Track” Signals

Some browsers have a Do Not Track (“DNT”) feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want your online activities tracked. When you choose to turn on the DNT setting in your browser, your browser sends a special signal to websites, ad networks, plug-in providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing to stop tracking your activity via cookies or other tracking technologies. Because Spark does not display advertising or track browsing on third-party websites, we do not currently honor “Do Not Track” signals transmitted through web browsers.

5. Third Party Links

The Site may contain links to websites maintained by third parties with which we have no affiliation. This Policy does not reflect the privacy practices of those sites, and you should consult the privacy policies of those sites to learn about their practices. A link to any third party site does not mean that we endorse it or the quality or accuracy of information presented on it.

6. Treatment of Information Collected from Children

Because it is a non-profit and for other reasons, we are exempt from COPPA. Nevertheless, in accordance with privacy best practices, we provide the following additional information concerning the manner in which we treat material submitted by Users under the age of 13.

At any time, you may review the child's Personal Information maintained by us, require us to correct or delete the Personal Information, revoke your consent to your child’s use of our Site and/or refuse to permit us from further collecting or using the child's Personal Information.

We treat Personal Information received from children in the same manner as Personal Information received from other Users as described in this Policy. You can review, change or delete your child's Personal Information, or revoke your parental consent by sending us an e-mail at SparkAlumni@sparkprogram.org.

The Site does not collect information, including grades, from you through schools or other educational institutions. You agree that any grades or other information contained in school records collected through the Site have been provided by you voluntarily and without participation of an educational institution. For purposes of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), if we discover that information about you has been provided by an educational institution, we reserve the right to delete that information immediately and without notice.

7. Changing or Deleting Personal Information

We strive to maintain the accuracy of Personal Information collected. We will work with you to correct any information you submitted to us upon your request. If you do not wish to receive communications from us, you may opt-out of receiving them by clicking the unsubscribe link featured at the end of our emails or by contacting us at SparkAlumni@sparkprogram.org.

8. Your Rights Under California Law

We do not disclose any Personal Information to third parties for marketing purposes. For additional information about our privacy practices, or to review and request to have deleted any Personal information you have shared with us, please send a request by emailing us using the contact information below.

9. Contacting Us

If you have questions or comments about this Policy or would like to review, update correct or delete any Personal Information you have provided, please contact us at SparkAlumni@sparkprogram.org.

10. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

The Effective Date of this Policy is set forth at the top of this Policy. Spark may modify this Policy at any time. We will notify you by posting the modified Policy, and its effective date, on this page. For this reason, you should regularly review this Policy and note the effective date. Your continued use of the Site after the Effective Date constitutes your acceptance of the amended Privacy Policy. The amended Privacy Policy supersedes all previous versions.