Spark has served thousands of middle grade students since launching in Chicago fall 2011. We have grown from a cohort of 63 students across four schools to serving 700 students across 12 schools this year.

With the support of our Corporate Champions, Executive and Advisory Board members, Ambassadors, foundation and individual supporters, Spark is the leading provider of mentorships and hands-on, workplace based learning experiences for middle school youth in Chicago.

Achieving scale will have a real and meaningful impact on the city of Chicago. Spark is a proven intervention in getting students on-track in the key areas of attendance, behavior, and grades as they make the transition into high school. Here in Chicago, over 80% of Spark students finish 8th grade on track to graduate high school on time as compared to 71% district-wide.

Spark's Corporate Champions invest their time, talent, and resources to support the program.

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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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