Los Angeles News

$75,000 grant connects 300 LA students with mentors at top workplaces

02.14.17: $75,000 grant connects 300 LA students with mentors at top workplaces

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation announced a grant of $50,000 to strengthen its strategic partnership with Spark Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s investment unlocked a $25,000 matching grant from Focusing Philanthropy, who partners with nonprofits to enhance fundraising and increase impact. Together, their grants will fuel Spark’s mission to inspire 7th, 8th and 9th graders from underserved communities to succeed in high school and beyond by engaging them with mentors and future careers.


TrueCar Promotes Partnership with Spark

01.26.17: TrueCar Promotes Partnership with Spark

Spark's corporate partners bring mentorships to life! Meet Spark students and their inspiring TrueCar mentors. From video games to the medical field, these mentorships have fostered a world of possibilities. 


Spark Los Angeles Volunteer Honored with Excellence in Mentoring Award

01.17.17: 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! 


Spark LA Spotlight: Fatima

04.29.16: Spark LA Spotlight: Fatima

Spark Los Angeles asked Fatima, a student at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy - Kayne Siart, a few questions about her experience in the Spark Program.


Education Week Highlights Spark & Need for Middle School Career Exposure

07.15.15: Education Week Highlights Spark & Need for Middle School Career Exposure

Education Week's "Career Prep Moves Into Middle Schools" discusses the importance of real-world experience for younger students and touts mentoring and corporations as important resources.


Spark Announces Vice President of California Regions

06.09.15: Spark Announces Vice President of California Regions

Spark is pleased to announce the promotion of Spark LA's Yoon S. Choi, Ph.D., to Vice President of California Regions role


What the Right ‘Spark’ in Middle School Can Ignite

04.06.15: What the Right ‘Spark’ in Middle School Can Ignite

Wells Fargo employees give back through Spark's workplace-based mentoring program to help students build new skills and explore careers!


Middle-schoolers paired with companies for real-world lessons

12.16.14: Middle-schoolers paired with companies for real-world lessons

The Los Angeles Times features Spark Los Angeles' "Discovery Night" event and profiles Spark students and their projects.


Spark Los Angeles hosts Discovery Night at Dodger Stadium

12.11.14: Spark Los Angeles hosts Discovery Night at Dodger Stadium

More than 250 students and their volunteer mentors from LA’s top companies showcased their career-based projects at Spark Los Angeles’ “Discovery Night” on December 9 at Dodger Stadium’s exclusive Stadium Club.


Spark Students Go Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Oscars Celebrations

02.28.14: Spark Students Go Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Oscars Celebrations

Eleven Spark LA students previewed the Oscars Winning Envelopes thanks to support from Marc Friedland Couture Communications!


Do Good LA

09.15.13: Do Good LA

The Challenge of Being A Good Nonprofit 
Do Good LA celebrates Spark for being at the forefront of social change. Check out how we’re getting it right!


FORE, Magazine of the Southern California Golf Association

08.27.13: FORE, Magazine of the Southern California Golf Association

Ryan Malone is a Southern California Golf Association eClub Member and a Spark Los Angeles Advisory Board Member and mentor.  Read about what motivated Ryan to get involved!


Huffington Post

08.15.13: Huffington Post

An article by The Foundation Boys in the Huffington Post calls for a "culture of education" in the US to give children what they need: opportunity.  "By providing our kids with the tools they need to reach any goal they can imagine for themselves, we ensure that our country maintains its technological and economic strength and its innovative and competitive edge."  The article references Spark as a creative solution to America's K-12 educational challenges.  Learn more about The Foundation Boys on their website.


Form Magazine: AIA|LA and Spark Los Angeles

02.21.13: Form Magazine: AIA|LA and Spark Los Angeles

AIA|LA and Spark partnering on amazing architecture apprenticeships in LA, featured in Form Magazine


KPCC Radio: Los Angeles

12.18.12: KPCC Radio: Los Angeles

Part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series chronicling volunteer experiences  and opportunities during the holiday season, reporter Brian Watts highlights multiple perspectives on the importance of Spark apprenticeships and volunteers: student, mentor and staff!


Spring 2012 LA Newsletter

04.24.12: Spring 2012 LA Newsletter

Pitches, partnerships, and possibilities - see what's new at Spark LA!


KPCC Southern California Radio Off-Ramp

04.30.11: KPCC Southern California Radio Off-Ramp

Hear from Spark Co-Founder Chris Balme, Spark Student Luz Moreno, and 20th Century Fox Spark Mentor Jonathan Helfgot.


Santa Monica Daily Press

03.25.11: Santa Monica Daily Press

Santa Monica Daily Press visits Spark students from John Adams Middle School at their Activision apprenticeships.


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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