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Chief Program Officer Joins Thought Leadership Group

02.23.17: Chief Program Officer Joins Thought Leadership Group

Spark is pleased to have Chief Program Officer Kathleen S. Caliento, PhD join the ranks of 20+ thought leaders participating in EqualEd's ambition to generate discussion around positive change in the US education system. Designed to unite teachers and policy influencers including education researchers, advocates, foundation funders and lawmakers, this group will contribute to regular surveys on solutions to major issues in education. EqualEd hopes to highlight common ground and explain the reasons for diverging views. EqualEd will publish the results in newsletter and in story form.


AMC Theatres Support Spark Mentorships

10.14.16: AMC Theatres Support Spark Mentorships

AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund donates $10,000 to Spark as apart of its intiative to help organizations that support youth and children. 


IBM mentors give Chicago students a ‘Spark’

08.03.16: IBM mentors give Chicago students a ‘Spark’

Spark mentors at IBM share how they illustrate a formula for success through mentoring.


Daley Plaza Announced as Official Location for Spark Chicago’s Discovery Day

03.15.16: Daley Plaza Announced as Official Location for Spark Chicago’s Discovery Day

Hundreds of Chicago Public School middle school youth and Spark mentors to showcase creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at inaugural citywide celebration.


Tom Joyner Morning Show Helps Spark Recruit Mentors

01.23.14: Tom Joyner Morning Show Helps Spark Recruit Mentors

Spark Chicago calls for more mentors during National Mentoring Month on this radio show's "Community Watch" segment.  


Chicago Student Featured on Groupon Grassroots Blog

12.04.13: Chicago Student Featured on Groupon Grassroots Blog

Spark student Heaven shares her experience working with mentor Danielle at Groupon in Chicago.


Chicago Business Journal

11.04.13: Chicago Business Journal

Spark's new CEO, Jason Cascarino, is featured in the People On the Move section. 


Press Release: Spark Honors Deloitte as Corporate Champion

09.27.13: Press Release: Spark Honors Deloitte as Corporate Champion

Spark Chicago honored Deloitte as its 2013 Corporate Champion at last night's Back to School event. Read more in the complete press release.


Spark Chicago’s Sugar Rush Raises $57,000

02.09.13: Spark Chicago’s Sugar Rush Raises $57,000

Popular Chicago blog Now You Know Events shares success of Spark Chicago's second annual Sugar Rush party.


Examiner: Spark Student Bakes Pie for Mayor Emanuel

11.21.12: Examiner: Spark Student Bakes Pie for Mayor Emanuel

Aspiring pastry chef and Spark student baked a pie for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and gave it to him in person.


Chicago Public Schools Website Spotlight

05.22.12: Chicago Public Schools Website Spotlight

Chicago Public Schools recognizes Spark for giving CPS students a chance to experience the benefits of a career.


Spring 2012 Chicago Newsletter

04.24.12: Spring 2012 Chicago Newsletter

From the Chicago skyline to the east coast - see what's new at Spark!


Now You Know - Sugar Rush Chicago 2012

03.08.12: Now You Know - Sugar Rush Chicago 2012

Popular Chicago event blog reflects on the Sugar Rush Chicago experience.


PRWeb - Spark Chicago Mentor Feature

02.16.12: PRWeb - Spark Chicago Mentor Feature

Spark Chicago mentor Dina Griffin honored for her powerful work in the community, including her Spark mentorship.


One Good Deed Chicago

12.07.11: One Good Deed Chicago

Spark Chicago team member Amanda Kilibarda guest blogs about Spark!


CBS Chicago

11.23.11: CBS Chicago

Spark culinary arts apprentice bakes Thanksgiving pies for Chicago Mayor Emanuel.


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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