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Gabrielle

Journalism & Media; Chicago, IL
Gabrielle

Gabrielle was so excited when she found out that she would be working at the Chicago Tribune for her apprenticeship. Over the course of…
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National Graduation Rate Reaches 80%

National Graduation Rate Reaches 80%

For the second year in a row, the US remains on pace to meet the goal of a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020. Spark advocated for a greater focus on the middle grades at the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit to help reach this goal.
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Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. Spark, a national nonprofit with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, offers a unique program that re-engages middle school students in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and leadership curriculum. Spark partners with schools and workplaces in cities coast-to-coast to match underserved 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Spark’s parallel in-school curriculum reinforces the link between classrooms and careers while helping students build skills key to success in the 21st century. After 10 years and thousands of apprenticeships, the results are clear: Spark students consistently gain confidence, key skills, and positive relationships, and have a graduation rate far above the national average. Spark’s unique approach and positive outcomes have earned national attention.

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