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Jahaira

Engineering; Los Angeles, CA
Jahaira

8th grader Jahaira wants to find a way to apply her love of science to her future. Jahaira and mentor Dr. Trinh Pham of…
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Education Week Highlights the Benefits of Career Prep in Middle School

Education Week Highlights the Benefits of Career Prep in Middle School

“We need to meet middle school kids where they are. They are going through the process of identity formation and finding their place in the world," said Spark CEO Jason Cascarino in an Education Week story about the need for career exposure and real-world experiences in 7th and 8th grades. [photo by Emile Wamsteker, EdWeek]
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Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. Spark, a national nonprofit with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, offers a unique program that re-engages middle school students in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and a Leadership Curriculum. Spark partners with schools and workplaces in cities coast-to-coast to match underserved 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Spark’s parallel in-school curriculum reinforces the link between classrooms and careers while helping students build skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. After creating and supporting thousands of apprenticeships since 2004, the results are clear: Spark students consistently gain confidence, key skills, and positive relationships, and have a graduation rate above the national average.

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