Volunteer

Volunteer

Become a Spark Mentor!

Spark’s volunteer mentors are essential to our program’s success. They help us fulfill our mission to inspire youth through one-on-one, hands-on apprenticeships.

Apply To Mentor

As a mentor, you’ll host a middle school student who dreams of working in your profession. You’ll meet at your workplace once a week for 8-10 weeks. In that time, you’ll teach them about what you do, inspire their curiosity, and help them fulfill their dreams.

Passion and commitment are required; experience is not. We train you, and our experienced staff is available to support you every step of the way. If you’d like to become a Spark mentor or want to learn more, please fill out a volunteer application.

Your job is someone’s dream!

Spark is constantly recruiting mentors in all professions. Here are some of our most frequently requested fields:

  • Computers/Video Game Design
  • Animal Care
  • Fashion and Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Care
  • Law
  • Government and Safety
  • Visual Arts
  • Life/Environmental Science

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 San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, offers a unique program that re-engages middle school students in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and 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 key to success in the 21st century. After 10 years and thousands of apprenticeships, the results are clear: Spark students consistently gain confidence, key skills, and positive relationships, and have a graduation rate far above the national average. Spark’s unique approach and positive outcomes have earned national attention.

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