Grand Winner THE SPARK of Le Flambeau 2024

This Spring 2024 class session of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau ran for five weeks during the months of February and March, with youth in Haiti. Our volunteer Ms. Alexis (Floyd) came back by popular demand and led the session as English Grader for the sixth time.  We congratulate the youth in Haiti who participated in this Spring 2024 class session of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau, as the program entered its sixteenth year.  The quality of this group of young people in Haiti was superb.

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THE SPARK of LF - Michelson Merzier


Michelson Merzier is THE SPARK of Le Flambeau for this Spring 2024 session – the grand winner.  In the words of our English Grader Ms. Alexis (Floyd)…

“Congratulations Michelson Merzier! We are so proud of you! Every week you came, saw, and conquered. You consistently encouraged your peers to enhance the conversation by asking them thought-provoking questions prompting them to engage deeper. You showed up every week momentous and strong in your discussion/participation. You made others in the group feel seen and free to share.  Your effort has deemed you the title of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau for our Spring 2024 session.”



“Although we cannot make everyone THE SPARK of Le Flambeau, we do want to take time to acknowledge stand-out stars who also worked hard this session.” (A. Floyd)

  • Most Improved: Sabby Thelusma and Fleurette Guerrier  “Both of these individuals really improved their engagement and performance as the session progressed! Their commitment, dedication, and willingness to learn have been truly inspiring. Through perseverance and continuous effort, they have transformed challenges into opportunities, making significant strides forward.”
  • Best Content: Keensay Sinsmyr and Wesda Archibal  – “Both of these individuals were sure to show up and deliver their best and made an effort to present content that was in line with the topic. They even interwove their own opinions.”
  • Team Spirit: Noël Walky  – “He showed up and supported his peers to the best of his ability and also gave his contributions with much passion and inspiration. He showed a positive attitude and a strong willingness to support others.”

About THE SPARK of Le Flambeau. This is an online English discussion program focused on extending educational opportunities to bright youth (up to 27 yrs old) in and from Haiti. The program was developed by youth in the U.S. and in Haiti, and provides a path for students to engage and earn their way forward – a number of past participants earned scholarships to college or shorter-term upskilling programs (eg. tech. etc.) aimed at self-sufficiency and circular sustainability.

On behalf of Le Flambeau Foundation , a heartfelt thank you is extended to our volunteer English Grader Ms. Alexis! Her dedication and passion fueled the minds of Haitian youth participating in our weekly program, even amidst Haiti’s current circumstances. Discussions explored diverse topics such as agriculture, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, cultural heritage, and mental health.  We also extend immense gratitude to Femina. whose student mentorship played a vital role in providing topic and tech guidance to many of the students. This spirit of mutual support embodies Le Flambeau Foundation ’s core principle: we empower each other to empower others. Together, we pave the way to a brighter future.

After 16 years of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau program, it continues to inspire us.  The unwavering enthusiasm of our youth in Haiti, along with their fresh, intelligent, and innovative ideas, leave us constantly impressed. They are the torchbearers for a positive change in Haiti, impacting all of us. The future is bright!


Sheri Colas-Gervais, Board and Executive Director, Le Flambeau Foundation , Inc.

Le Flambeau Foundation  extends a warm THANK YOU to Babbel for their partnership in providing complimentary 2-year English Learning codes to the top students in this class. 


### How to Get Involved

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To learn more about THE SPARK of Le Flambeau program and what it means  to youth in Haiti click here.