JA Supporter of the Week: Margarida Baganha
Published: Wednesday, 31 Mar 2021
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For her outstanding support of the JA SPARK Program, her leadership in JA’s partnership with Bridgewater State University, and her dedication to helping young people reach their full potential … we are excited to announce Margarida Baganha of Bridgewater State University as our JA Supporter of the Week!
Margarida is a tremendous supporter of the JA SPARK Program – a free two-year program for middle school girls focused on leadership development and entrepreneurial thinking. This program began in 2016 as a one-week overnight camp at Bridgewater State University, and due to its success, it has since evolved into a two-year program which includes a week-long residential summer experience each year and quarterly workshops throughout the school years.
Being heavily involved in planning SPARK Camps at Bridgewater State University, Margarida organizes several exciting activities around campus such as trips to the BSU Observatory, nature walks, and access to the Ricciardi School of Business’s Bloomberg Terminal. She has served as a judge in SPARK Camp Pitch Competitions, supporting participants as they present the business plans they’ve been working on throughout camp. And as a guest speaker, she inspires them to reach their full potential in school and in life by sharing the journey that led her to where she is today.
Margarida joins the participants on field trips during camp and at workshops throughout the school year, developing a mentor relationship with them. She also volunteers as a business mentor for the SPARK Alumni Student Company as they participate in the JA Company Program which empowers high school students to solve a problem in their community by building and managing a startup business.
“Margarida has played a key role in the success of the JA SPARK Program. In addition to organizing camp activities and serving as a judge and guest speaker, she serves as an important role model for the participants. We’re so very grateful for everything that Margarida and Bridgewater State University do for Junior Achievement, the JA SPARK Program, and our community!” – Jeffrey Pelletier, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts President
With deep gratitude for all that she does for the JA SPARK Program, we are proud to honor Margarida Baganha as our JA Supporter of the Week!