Spark Los Angeles Volunteer Honored with Excellence in Mentoring Award

Spark is proud to recognize Sam Powel, a volunteer in Los Angeles, as one of four recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award! MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership announced the 2017 recipients prior to the National Mentoring Summit where these tremendous advocates will be celebrated at a special Lbrary of Congress reception.  The Excellence in Mentoring Awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment t

o meeting the mentoring needs of young people at the national, state or local level. Nominations were submitted by members of MENTOR’s national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and national mentoring and youth-serving partner organizations.

Through his involvement with Spark and other youth service initiatives, Sam is a champion for mentoring and educational opportunity. Spark is proud to partner with MENTOR in recognizing Sam for his tireless efforts spanning volunteerism, leadership in community engagement and fundraising.  Sam has directly mentored eight students in the Spark program and has been formally mentoring with Spark in Los Angeles for the past three years through his employer, Google.

"Mentoring is one the best ways we have to give back and give a hand to young people as they navigate becoming adults," said Sam. "The growth we've seen in students over Spark's year-long program is inspiring. I couldn't be happier to work with Spark and help continue to build this movement."

Spark is equally grateful to have dedicated leaders and volunteers like Sam among its ranks!


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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