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 with similar interests. You’ll meet at your workplace for two hours/week for 8-10 weeks. In that time, you’ll teach them about what you do, inspire their curiosity, build new skills and help them learn about career possibilities.

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.

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

Share your career and professional skills!

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
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Government and Safety
  • Visual Arts
  • Life/Environmental Science
  • Engineering

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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