San Francisco Bay Area
Spark’s mission is to inspire 7th, 8th and 9th graders in underserved communities to succeed in high school and beyond by engaging them with mentors and future careers. In 2004, Spark was founded in Redwood City by two educators who saw hands-on mentorships as a simple, yet powerful, tool to help under-resourced youth build the confidence, skills and career awareness needed to thrive in school and, ultimately, in their careers. Since its founding, Spark has grown to four regions nationwide – San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland, San Francisco, and the Peninsula), Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia – to deliver workplace-based mentorships and an in-school Spark Class to over 1,500 students across more than 25 schools.
Currently, Spark Bay Area is serving 290 students from Oakland, San Francisco, East Palo Alto and Redwood City.
Spark matches students with caring mentors from professional workplaces where student and mentor work one-on-one to build a connection and develop a hands-on project. Spark students create digital advertisements with mentors at Facebook, design mobile apps with mentors at Google, build business plans with mentors at Salesforce, complete science projects with mentors from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and much more. Research shows that such hands-on, workplace-based learning improves students’ attitudes about learning, retention of content, and problem-solving and collaboration skills. Spark Bay Area also provides schools with a yearlong Spark Class curriculum, which bridges the relevancy gap between workplace and classroom learning.
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1. Make a donation on our website or send a check to our office at 555 De Haro Street, Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94107
2. Serve on the Bay Area Executive Board
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Get to Know Spark Bay Area
Contact Spark Bay Area
Vice President, California Regions: Yoon S. Choi, Ph.D.
School Partner and Program Inquiries: Francis Kevers, Managing Director
Visit: 555 De Haro Street, Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94107
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