Los Angeles

Spark launched its Los Angeles regional office in 2010 with 13 students at one school. Spark LA has grown rapidly in the past four years and will serve 250 students at seven schools in the 2014-2015 school year.

In Los Angeles, nearly 7,000 students in LAUSD’s class of 2013 never claimed their diplomas, a sobering statistic made worse for students from low-income, minority families: 87% of those who dropped out were living near or below the poverty line, and 86% were Hispanic or African American.

Through partnerships with schools serving disadvantaged neighborhoods in LA County—and partnerships with various organizations and corporations that host Spark students, Spark LA reaches at-risk students at the right moment in their education and development, equipping them with the confidence, skills, and career awareness that can help them thrive in their classrooms and in the 21st century workforce.

Some of the organizations and corporations that host apprenticeships include HBODeloitteGensler, Warner Bros.Latham & Watkins, HuluUnion Bank, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

With the support of our corporate partners, regional Executive and Advisory Board Members, foundation and individual supporters, Spark LA is on track to serve thousands of LA’s students.

 

Support Spark Los Angeles

Spark LA is seeking growth investors to help us better serve our students and volunteer mentors. To invest in Spark LA:

1. Make a donation on our website or send a check to our office at 315 W. 9th Street, Suite 313 Los Angeles, CA 90015
2. Serve on the Los Angeles Executive Board
3. Partner with Spark as a Corporate Champion: email Yoon S. Choi for specific information 

Contact Spark Los Angeles

Executive Director:
Yoon S. Choi, Ph.D.

Corporate Partner and Development Inquiries:
Jackie Farris, Manager of External Relations

School Partner and Program Inquiries:
Jamie Lee Manning, Program Director

General Inquiries:
Call: 213-344-4848
Write: losangeles@sparkprogram.org
Visit: 315 W. 9th Street, Suite 313, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Spark LA is a proud graduate of the Annenberg Alchemy program.

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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