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Board Members

Lead the Movement

The Possibility Movement is guided by the talent, expertise and dedication of a diverse group of community and business leaders. Spark’s Board Members are actively engaged at both the national and regional levels, comprised of lifelong educators, philanthropists, policy shapers, corporate executives and dozens of others representing top companies and institutions.

Where Passion Meets Opportunity

Spark’s National Board of Directors, as well as our regional Executive and Advisory Boards, come from all industries, backgrounds and walks of life. What we have in common is our firm belief in the power of possibility to transform lives and communities — along with a deep commitment to the students with which we partner.

Promote Possibility

Spark is always looking to bring new energy and perspectives to national and regional Boards. Whether you’re an emerging leader with a passion for youth development or a seasoned professional seeking an opportunity to share your strategic guidance, we would love to discuss the impact you can make on our local and national community.

Spark Provides:

Leadership and Networking Opportunities

Quarterly Board Meetings and events connect professionals across the country

Community Engagement Support

Bring Spark Lab or Mentorship to your office; get to know the education climate in your region; cheer for students presenting their projects at Share Your Spark events

A Roadmap for Exponential Growth Support

Spark’s vision for growing in a scalable, sustainable and high quality way

Board Members provide:

Strategy

Use your expertise to guide Spark’s growth and expansion

Advocacy

Be an ambassador for students in the middle grades

Financial Sustainability

Help Spark meet its annual budget

FAQ's

How does Spark work?

How does Spark work?

Spark engages communities to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities that help middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible. Spark Lab invites 7th graders into various workplaces for an on-site workshop to help students understand what’s possible for their future and career. By connecting students with identified career interests, Spark offers Workplace-Based Mentorships for 7th grade students so they can experience what it’s like to work in a specific industry while receiving direct guidance from a mentor.  Spark offers High School Pathways to 8th and 9th grade students so they can take action and feel equipped with the knowledge and resources to make the possibilities they’ve experienced real.

Who are Spark Students?

Who are Spark Students?

Spark Students are 7th, 8th and 9th graders at one of Spark’s partner schools. They are students open to new opportunities and experiences and ready to explore possibilities with a committed mentor.

What communities does Spark work within?

What communities does Spark work within?

Each community Spark works with has displayed a need for additional resources to support student access to increased academic enrichment opportunities. 

What is required of Board Members?

What is required of Board Members?

Spark Board Members are passionate about the organization’s mission and enthusiastic about leveraging their skills, resources and networks to support Spark’s short-term efforts and long-term strategy. Engagement includes attending quarterly meetings; joining committees for special assignments; providing strategic counsel; aiding in the recruitment of additional Board Members; getting companies and colleagues involved; serving as a positive advocate for Spark; and fundraising an annual “give or get” to benefit the organization.  

What is Spark’s Board structure?

What is Spark’s Board structure?

Spark’s National Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. As such, the National Board oversees Spark’s financial positioning and supports the organization’s strategy. Executive Boards and Advisory Boards in each region support the sustainability and growth of city-wide programs. 

Who are Spark Board Members?

Who are Spark Board Members?

Spark’s National, Executive and Advisory Board Members are a diverse group of leaders, many with corporate, philanthropic, advocacy and academic backgrounds. National Board Members are located throughout the country. Executive Board Members in each region are leaders who support the strategy, governance and financial sustainability of the local program. Advisory Board Members in each region are rising leaders focused on leveraging their networks to support Spark’s program. 

How can my company get involved?

How can my company get involved?

Learn more about how your company can promote possibility as a Corporate Partner or Start a Program.

What is Spark’s impact?

What is Spark’s impact?

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. Learn more about our impact.

How do employees benefit from volunteering with Spark?

How do employees benefit from volunteering with Spark?

Spark builds capacity for meaningful contributions to communities and our impact extends beyond students to the mentors, volunteers and partners in The Possibility Movement. More than 70% of Spark Mentors have increased their satisfaction, motivation and appreciation for their job; built deeper connections with coworkers; developed new skills and felt closer to their community.

Join The Possibility Movement

Be part of a diverse community that’s helping middle school students understand, experience and pursue unique futures. It’s up to us to broaden their horizon and show them everything they can be. Email us about your interest!

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