What is Spark?
Spark is a nonprofit organization that re-engages seventh and eighth grade students, keeping them on track and ready for success in high school and beyond through workplace-based apprenticeships that uniquely combine mentoring, project-based learning, skill building and career exploration.
Whether your child is interested in learning how to design a house, fly a plane, become a veterinarian or pursue any other profession, Spark will connect him or her with a hands-on, engaging and inspiring apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships help students connect their interests to their education, gain self-confidence and self-awareness, and learn how to access local resources.
For example, a student interested in flying a plane might learn that takeoff and landing are just a small part of what a pilot needs to know. He or she could learn that pilots need math, physics, reading, writing, and communication skills to perform important tasks like charting a course, calculating fuel usage, keeping a pilot’s log, and communicating with air traffic control. Not only will the student see how education is applied in the real world, but by working one-on-one with an experienced pilot, that student will make a connection with an adult mentor who can support their career during the apprenticeship and well after.
Is Spark Successful?
Yes! 90% of Spark students enter high school on-track, compared to an average of 70% of their peers!
What Should I Do to Encourage My Child’s Success with Spark?
To ensure that your child gets the most out of the Spark experience, simply offer encouragement and support throughout the process. You will be assigned a staff contact who will support you as a parent, answer your questions about the program, and provide activities and materials to help you continue your child’s Spark experience at home.
How Can I Learn More?
Explore our website to see videos of student and volunteer experiences or read more about Spark including how it got started. For questions not covered on the Spark website, please contact us.