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What’s Possible for Your Child

Spark provides an opportunity for your child to explore careers, build new skills and pursue their passions.

Spark Knows It Takes a Village

We’ re building The Possibility Movement — a growing force of families, mentors, educators, corporate leaders and community members dedicated to unlocking your child’ s potential. We start by showing middle school students what’s possible, and introducing them to new career opportunities and environments. Next, we match them with volunteer mentors at leading companies and fully immerse them in professional settings. And since we know their journeys are only just beginning, we provide the resources and support they need to transition into high school and prepare for success in their future careers.

Opening Windows Into the Future

What happens when we help your child see what they can be? Based on more than a decade of success, we’ve seen the transformative effect Spark has on students’ academic, professional and personal development.

Spark Provides:

A Journey of Self-Discovery

92% of Spark Students demonstrate growth in social-emotional skills. Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and other key skills are all part of the students’ interactive learning experience.

Real World Workplaces

89% of Spark Students believe they can master the skills needed for the job they want. Spark Lab invites 7th graders to visit different companies in the fall for on-site workshops to explore what’s possible for their futures and careers.

Immersive Mentoring

87% of Spark Students agreed that they can have the job they want someday. Workplace-Based Mentorships immerse 7th graders in a single career experience with a mentor.

Families Provide:

Commitment

Ensure your child attends each Spark session

Support

Talk about Spark at home, attend Spark events and use our online resources

Your Child Will:

Embark on a Journey of Self-Discovery

92% of Spark Students demonstrate growth in social-emotional skills. Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and more are all part of the students’ interactive learning experience.

Understand What’s Possible

89% of Spark Students believe they can master the skills needed for the job they want. Spark Lab invites 7th graders to visit different companies in the fall for an on-site workshop to explore what’s possible for their futures and careers.

Experience What’s Possible

87% of Spark Students agreed that they can have the job they want someday. Workplace-Based Mentorships immerse 7th graders in a single career experience with a mentor.

Make Possibilities Real

77% of Spark Students feel more prepared to start the high school search as a result of participating in Spark High School Pathways which prepares students for 9th grade and supports them in their freshman year so they can take action and feel equipped to reach their vision.

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.

What does Spark look for in students?

What does Spark look for in students?

Students who are open to new opportunities and experiences!
How do students get selected to be in Spark?

How do students get selected to be in Spark?

Students must be enrolled as a 7th or 8th grader at one of Spark’s partner schools.

What will my child get to do if they’re selected for Spark?

What will my child get to do if they’re selected for Spark?

If selected for Spark, your child will get to experience what’s possible for their future by visiting and learning at professional workplaces in your city. Spark students gain the benefit of career exploration experiences at leading companies; one-to-one mentorships; hands-on project learning; social-emotional skill-building; support with high school preparation and selection; and the opportunity to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their futures.

How can Spark prepare my child for their future?

How can Spark prepare my child for their future?

Spark’s Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program is uniquely designed to meet the developmental needs of students in the middle grades. By visiting leading workplaces after school and meeting working professionals who want to share their careers, students learn about companies, industries and professions in a fun and safe way. Over the course of the fall and spring sessions, Spark Students participate in activities that build skills to help them successfully transition to high school. This includes mapping a plan for the future and finding the right high schools to apply to. One mother of a Spark Student, Rocel, told us, “There’s something appropriate about the word ‘spark’  and what this program does for young people. Working with his mentors and being part of this program helped [my son] Joseph develop new skills and strengths.”

What does it cost for my child to be in Spark?

What does it cost for my child to be in Spark?

There’s no charge to families when their children participate! Many supporters of The Possibility Movement have come together to make it possible for students to participate free-of-charge. We ask that families support their child in attending each Spark session open, eager and ready to participate!

How does Spark keep students safe while in the program?

How does Spark keep students safe while in the program?

Student safety is Spark’s top priority. All Spark staff members and Mentors pass a background check as specified by school districts for individuals working with students. Additionally, Spark staff, school staff or adult chaperones escort students to and from Workplace-Based Mentoring sites and their respective schools via private bus transportation. Workplace-Based Mentoring occurs in open spaces within offices, so students are always part of a larger workplace community when working with their mentor.  

What can I do to support my child’s experience in Spark?

What can I do to support my child’s experience in Spark?

Families support Spark Students by ensuring they attend each weekly session, talking about Spark at home and attending occasional Spark events.

What if Spark is not at my child’s school yet?

What if Spark is not at my child’s school yet?

 We are thrilled you are interested in enrolling your child in Spark! Learn more about how to bring Spark to your child’s school.

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.

Join The Possibility Movement

We are committed to providing immersive experiences for students and supporting them on their journey. The future is theirs, and it’s up to us to broaden their horizon and show them everything they can be.

Inquire about Enrolling Your Child

Family Inquiry

Right now, the only way to join Spark as a student is through your school. If your child's school is not one of our current partners, talk to the principal about bringing Spark to your school.





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