Spark’s 10-Year Vision

Investing in Quality, Scalability and Sustainability

Serve 10,000+ Students Annually by 2026

Too many students from under-resourced communities don’t have the same opportunities as their more advantaged peers. Spark’s tailor-made mentoring program for students in the middle grades has been tested and proven for more than 10 years to address this disparity.

Spark’s strategic plan confidently and affirmatively answers the question - Can this high-touch, high-impact model be effectively implemented at scale? - laying the foundation for the organization to ignite thousands more bright futures in the next decade.

Align Program and Business Models for Growth and Impact

To achieve its 10-year vision, Spark will:

Enhance the Program Model

Improve the Quality of Partnerships

Empower & Align the Organization

Build Earned Revenue & Grow Philanthropy

Drive Depth & Add New Markets

Strategic Growth Goals


100+ school partners

20,000+ mentoring experiences annually

Hundreds of
corporate partners

8 regions

Financial sustainability

Growing Spark’s National Footprint

Multi-Year Plan & Long-Term Vision

FY2017 Develop

  • Develop resources, training and technologies
  • Trial elements of partnership, program and business models

FY2018 Implement

  • Implement updated program and business models
  • Transition partnerships to new models

FY2019 Scale

  • Grow more students per school, more schools per region
  • Assess and ramp up for new markets

FY2020 Expand

  • Begin launch in one of four new regions
  • Continue scaling in existing regions

$12 million For Growth Investments

Beyond its annual operating budget, Spark seeks long-term committed partners to invest in capacity building, innovation and marketing to drive successful future growth with increased quality and sustainable revenue.

Strategic planning conducted with support from Bain & Company


Spark inspires 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to succeed in high school and beyond by connecting them with mentors in leading workplaces and supporting their academic journey with skill-building and resources. By engaging working professionals and connecting businesses with local communities, Spark empowers the next generation to perform better in school, graduate on time and lead fulfilling careers and lives.

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