Volunteer

Volunteer

Become a Spark Mentor!

Spark’s volunteer mentors are essential to the program’s success. They help us fulfill our mission to inspire youth through one-to-one, workplace-based mentorships.

Apply To Mentor

Why Mentor with Spark?

• Being a Spark mentor means getting to make a powerful learning experience possible for a young person while utilizing your unique talents.
• Mentoring with Spark takes place at your workplace during the workday. Spark handles the logistics so you can focus on building a strong relationship with your student!
• Spark mentors are critical in keeping students engaged, on-track and ready for high school and beyond. Working with a Spark student is a rewarding, one-of-a-kind experience.

Spark Support

Spark provides training and resources to mentors to help them make the most out of their experience, including:

  • Activity guides focused on the eight Spark skills, which are critical for student academic and career success
  • Project examples and planning tools to help students and mentors bring their project ideas to life
  • Trainings for mentors on best practices for engaging middle school youth
  • Ongoing check ins and support throughout the program

Did you know: 

  • 73% of Spark mentors increased their satisfaction, motivation and appreciation for their job
  • 82% of Spark mentors feel closer to their community after participating in the program
  • 95% of Spark mentors are proud their company volunteers with Spark

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About the Program

  • Spark mentors are working professionals who volunteer their time and talent to get a young person engaged and excited about learning during a critical time: middle school.
  • Mentors are matched with a Spark student based on their areas of interest, and then meet with their student at the workplace one weekday per week, for two hours per day over 10 weeks.
  • Spark mentorships take place during the fall and spring semesters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Learn More: Watch the Video & Apply

  • If you believe in the power and potential of youth and are interested in sharing your own experience to inspire a Spark student, volunteering with Spark may be for you!
  • Watch the video above to learn more about becoming a Spark mentor.
  • Submit a brief online application by clicking "Apply to Mentor" above.
  • Contact us at volunteer@sparkprogram.org to learn more.

Go behind the scenes of a Spark mentorship - read our blog!

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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