Spark Philadelphia created more than 160 transformative apprenticeships in 2013 and 2014 as Spark's first east coast site. The program is currently based at three schools in North and West Philadelphia. With support from local companies, organizations, and institutions, Spark Philadelphia aims to prepare students for success in high school and reduce the City's dropout rate.
To play a part in Philadelphia's newest education initiative, donate or volunteer with us!


Support Spark Philadelphia

Spark Philadelphia is seeking investors to help us grow. Donate and help us positively affect the lives of more underserved Philadelphia youth.

To invest in Spark Philadelphia:

  1. Make a donation on our website
  2. Send a check made out to "Spark Program" to our HQ at:

       223 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 520
       Chicago IL 60606

For more information on Spark Philadelphia, contact us at:

1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jim Schroder, Managing Director

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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