Spark Philadelphia has created nearly 400 transformative apprenticehsips since launching in 2013 as Spark's first east coast site. Spark currently partners with five schools in North and West Philadelphia and 20+ company partners.

With its innovative Spark Lab workplace program and support from local companies, organizations and institutions, Spark Philadelphia prepares students for success in high school and reduces the City's dropout rate.

Check out Spark Philadelphia's recent Impact Report to learn about how Spark helps more Philadelphia middle grade students stay engaged, on track, and ready for success!


"I want to thank my mentors for everything.  It was life changing.  I learned to follow my dreams and never give up."
                         —Spark student from John Barry


Support Spark Philadelphia

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

  1. Make a donation on our website or send a check to our office at 1501 Cherry Philadelphia, PA 19102
  2. Partner with Spark as a Corporate Champion. Contact Deirdre Hake, Director of External Relations, to learn more
  3. Celebrate our students at Discovery Night, Spark's signature annual event. Email Deirdre Hake, Director of External Relations, to learn more

Contact Spark Philadelphia

School Partner and Program Inquiries
Jim Schroder, Executive Director

Corporate Partner and Development Inquiries:
Deirdre Hake, Director of External Relations

General Inquiries:
Call: 267-519-4591

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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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