Spark Philadelphia will create over 160 transformative apprenticeships in 2013 as Spark's first east coast site. The program is currently based at 6 schools in North and West Philly, and will connect students and mentors across the city by 2015. With the support and resources of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, Spark Philadelphia aims to achieve ambitious growth goals to impact the city's high school graduation rate. During the pilot program, Spark students explored  careers at Comcast, City Hall, and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to a wide variety of other placements.
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Support Spark Philadelphia

Thanks to the generosity of Wharton trustee and alumnus Art Bilger and Focusing Philanthropy, Spark has raised $250,000 towards our goal of $440,000, which will fund Spark Philadelphia through December 2013. But we're not there yet -- we need your help to bring our life-changing apprenticeship program to our first east coast city!

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:

       251 Rhode Island St, Suite 205
       San Francisco, CA 94103

For more information on Spark Philadelphia, contact us at:

1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jenny Bogoni, Philadelphia Executive 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 San Francisco, Redwood City, Oakland, 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 six cities coast-to-coast to match low-income 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 eight years and more than 2,350 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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