San Francisco Bay Area News

Spark’s New Dub Nation Video

03.15.17: Spark’s New Dub Nation Video

Spark was selected for Golden State Warriors "Hoops 4 Kids" program. Each Warriors 3-pointer this regular season will generate $500 to Spark and other organizations that work to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. Spread the news by sharing our latest video! "Spark helped me to realize, anything I can imagine, I can make real," Eziyah, Spark 7th grade student.


Willie Brown’s Spark

12.15.16: Willie Brown’s Spark

Every Wednesday, seventh-graders at Willie Brown L. Middle School load charter buses headed to some of the world’s top companies like Google, Salesforce, and Adobe. At the company, each student pairs with a mentor and together they tackle a project of the student’s choice. For the first time this year, Willie Brown Middle School (WBMS) became one of few schools that offers students these mentorships through the Spark Bay Area program. Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to middle school youth in underserved communities. 

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Spark selected for Golden State Warriors Hoops 4 Kids

11.27.16: Spark selected for Golden State Warriors Hoops 4 Kids

Spark was selected as one of the eight beneficiaries for the Golden State Warriors' Hoops 4 Kids program. Through Hoops for Kids, Warriors achievements on the court benefit underserved youth around the Bay Area. Each Warriors 3-point basket this regular season will generate $500 for local organizations that work to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. Thanks to PG&E and the Koret Foundation, our team's success is now our community's success!


10,000 Mentoring Hours Pledged in the Fall 2016 Semester

08.19.16: 10,000 Mentoring Hours Pledged in the Fall 2016 Semester

Spark will serve 300 students in the Bay Area, including a new Bayview school partner Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School, as well as the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto. Spark will make our program available to the entire 7th grade at Willie Brown Middle School, serving 120 students in Fall of 2016.


Spark Bay Area’s First Region-Wide Event Draws A Crowd!

06.01.16: Spark Bay Area’s First Region-Wide Event Draws A Crowd!

With over 700 attendees in a May afternoon in Justin Herman Plaza, Spark Bay Area's first region-wode Discovery Day was a huge hit! View the photo album on Facebook and don't forget to tag yourself and share the fun with your colleagues and friends. 


Justin Herman Plaza Announced as Location for Discovery Day

03.01.16: Justin Herman Plaza Announced as Location for Discovery Day

On May 11, 2016, Spark will host Discovery Day—a culminating event where 200 students and their mentors will present the projects they’ve created throughout the semester. Learn about their new business ideas, marvel at the robot they built, and so much more! This day not only showcases the untapped and unbridled talent of young people, it highlights the incredible impact mentors can make in the life of a student.


How Udemy is Sparking Student Connections

11.12.15: How Udemy is Sparking Student Connections

Udemy, an online education marketplace, is living out their committment to improving educational outcomes by hosting 17 Spark students this fall semester for hands-on mentoring. Lauren R., Udemy Instructor Account Development Associate and blog guest author wrote about her first experience as a Spark mentor. "Witnessing LaNaie’s success, I was reminded how important it is to dive head-first into the things that scare me the most so I, too, can explore my own unknown strengths." Read her story here. 


Spark Bay Area Board Chair Receives Award for Excellence in Board Leadership

11.09.15: Spark Bay Area Board Chair Receives Award for Excellence in Board Leadership

Spark is proud to announce Garen Corbett, Bay Area Advisory Board Chairman, as recipient of the 2015-16 Holly Depatie Award for Excellence in Board Leadership.

 

 


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


How PG&E Helps Fan the Spark in Young Students’ Lives

04.22.15: How PG&E Helps Fan the Spark in Young Students’ Lives

Ten Spark students are being mentored this spring by members of PG&E’s Law, Human Resources, Electric Operations and Corporate Affairs departments. Read about their experiences!




The Bold Italic Highlights Sugar Rush

10.11.14: The Bold Italic Highlights Sugar Rush

The Bold Italic helps to spread the word about Spark's signature fundraiser. 


Alyssa Rapp Joins Spark National Board

08.04.14: Alyssa Rapp Joins Spark National Board

Spark welcomes new National Board Member, Alyssa Rapp. 


Ask.com Helps Spark Thrive in Oakland

06.02.14: Ask.com Helps Spark Thrive in Oakland

Learn more about how Ask.com helped to successfully launch the Spark program in Oakland. 



Spark Board Member Named “Financial Woman of the Year”

05.12.14: Spark Board Member Named “Financial Woman of the Year”

Spark Board Vice Chair Sarah Friar was named the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Financial Women of San Francisco.


Former Spark Student Joins Advisory Board

03.26.14: Former Spark Student Joins Advisory Board

Spark San Francisco Bay Area welcomes former student, Ashley Quintana, as its most recent - and first ever program alumni – member to join their Advisory Board.


Spark’s National Board Grows

02.13.14: Spark’s National Board Grows

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams joins Spark's National Board of Directors.  


Spark & the United Way Team Up to Fight Poverty

01.30.14: Spark & the United Way Team Up to Fight Poverty

This blog post from a Spark staff member addresses the challenges faced by Spark students. 


My Mentorship at Ask.com

12.16.13: My Mentorship at Ask.com

Check out Ask.com's blog post about a Spark apprenticeship! 


The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

11.20.13: The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

"...connected learning is learning that is interest-driven, socially-embedded, and academically-oriented."  Learn more about how Spark's program model integrates connected learning in this article from The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring.


Spark Announces New CEO

11.01.13: Spark Announces New CEO

Meet Jason Cascarino, Spark's incoming CEO!


SFist.com: Go Do This: Spark’s Sugar Rush Fundraiser

10.21.13: SFist.com: Go Do This: Spark’s Sugar Rush Fundraiser

One of San Francisco's top sources for news and events recommends Spark's Sugar Rush as "guilt-free for a good cause!"


Packard Foundation: Sparking Potential through Apprenticeship

03.19.13: Packard Foundation: Sparking Potential through Apprenticeship

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, supporters of Spark in Redwood City since 2007, helps students answer the question "When am I ever going to need to know this in real life?”


Frick Middle School Students Answer

03.08.13: Frick Middle School Students Answer

Frick Middle School students answer the questions How Can You Avoid Danger?” and “Do You Trust the Police?”. Shawn, a Frick Middle School student, participated in the panel with Oakland Police Chiefs through KDOL.


“Youth Focus-Oakland’s Future” – OUSD Police Chief James Williams

03.06.13: “Youth Focus-Oakland’s Future” – OUSD Police Chief James Williams

Face-to-face dialogue between Oakland youth and OUSD Police Chief James Williams. “Youth Focus” is produced by MEA (Media Enterprise Alliance) at KDOL-TV (OUSD).

 


Oakland police officials face hard questions from teens

02.22.13: Oakland police officials face hard questions from teens

In a televised forum on February 21, local Oakland teens engaged in a serious conversation about crime and trust with city and school district police officials


sfist: Spark Bay Area Sugar Rush 2013

02.15.13: sfist: Spark Bay Area Sugar Rush 2013

Popular San Francisco lifestyle blog features 5th Annual Spark Bay Area Sugar Rush.


DailyCandy: Spark Bay Area Sugar Rush 2012

02.15.13: DailyCandy: Spark Bay Area Sugar Rush 2012

Spark's 5th Annual Sugar Rush Bay Area featured in DailyCandy Weekend Guide


Redwood City Patch: Spark Student-Published Story on Violence

02.15.13: Redwood City Patch: Spark Student-Published Story on Violence

Sofia, an 8th grade student at the Hoover School in Redwood City, apprenticed with reporter Stacie at the Patch, and wrote a story on gang violence in her neighborhood.


Healdsburg Patch

06.11.12: Healdsburg Patch

Dozens flock to 'Giving Back at Jordan' Event, benefiting Spark.


Spark/Jordan Winery Event in 7x7

05.15.12: Spark/Jordan Winery Event in 7x7

7x7 celebrates Jordan Vineyard & Winery's 40th Birthday -- a Star-Studded Charity Event benefiting Spark and two other Bay Area nonprofits.


Gentry Magazine

05.01.12: Gentry Magazine

Gentry Magazine reflects on Spark after attending a Fall 2011 Career Day at Garfield Community School in Menlo Park, CA (see pages 148 & 150).


Spring 2012 Bay Area Newsletter

04.24.12: Spring 2012 Bay Area Newsletter

Future aspirations, fine wines, and forward motion - see what's new at Spark Bay Area!


San Francisco Business Times

10.21.11: San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco Business Times showcases Spark as a unique way to connect with the Bay Area business community.


Tablehopper - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2011

10.18.11: Tablehopper - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2011

Popular Bay Area food blog Tablehopper gets readers excited about Sugar Rush Bay Area.


SF Eater - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2011

10.05.11: SF Eater - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2011

SF Eater promote the exciting lineup of top Bay Area chefs featured at Spark's 2011 Sugar Rush Bay Area.


NBC Bay Area - Sugar Rush 2010

10.27.10: NBC Bay Area - Sugar Rush 2010

NBC Bay Area puts a spotlight on Spark's annual Sugar Rush benefit and the amazing lineup of chefs it brings together.


Tablehopper - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2010

10.26.10: Tablehopper - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2010

Tablehopper reminds Bay Area readers to save room for dessert on November 11th and support Spark at Sugar Rush.


SF Eater - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2010

10.26.10: SF Eater - Sugar Rush Bay Area 2010

SF Eater encourages readers that it's okay to indulge in sweets when it's for a great cause.


San Francisco Chronicle

12.21.09: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle highlights Spark's unique approach to keeping kids engaged, with a focus on one of our 2009 culinary apprenticeships.


ABC7’s Focus on Solutions

05.22.09: ABC7’s Focus on Solutions

Lyanne Melendez profiles students Ubaldo and Sharon as they learn graphic design and jewelry-making.


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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