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

Mentor during the workday and help keep a local student on track for success

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

Share your career and professional skills!

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 inspires 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to succeed in high school and beyond by connecting them with mentors in leading workplaces and supporting their academic journey with skill-building and resources. By engaging working professionals and connecting businesses with local communities, Spark empowers the next generation to perform better in school, graduate on time and lead fulfilling careers and lives.

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