Our Impact

Our Impact

There are clear results when communities come together to help students understand and experience what’s possible. Students build skills and improve academic performance, communities make connections and working professionals are engaged. In other words, together, we make possibilities reality.

A Movement of Adults, Companies and Communities Promoting Possibility

More than 4,500 supporters powered The Possibility Movement in 2016-17, helping 2.600+ students build individual skills and access learning opportunities. 92% of Spark Students have graduated or are on track to graduate on time, compared to an average of 68% in the districts Spark serves.

School Partners

Spark Lab Volunteers

Company Partners

Donors

Spark Mentors

New Skills, Resources and Caring Adults Equip Students on the Journey of Self-Discovery

Across explorative, immersive and transition support program offerings, Spark helps students and volunteers hone skills, connect diverse communities and improve performance.

Individual Skills

92%
of Spark Students have graduated or are on track to graduate on time, compared to an average of 68% in the districts Spark serves

92%
of Spark Students demonstrate growth in social-emotional skills

77%
of mentors developed new skills such as communication, leadership and collaboration

Community Connections

95%
of Spark Students in Chicago agree transition tools and resources will help them select a high school

89%
of Spark Students believe they can master the skills needed for the job they want

79%
of mentors feel closer to their community

Performance & Engagement

92%
of Spark Students improve their engagement in the classroom, attendance or grades

86%
agreed that what’s learned in school is important for their future

74%
of mentors have increased their satisfaction, motivation and appreciation for their job

Testimonials