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Invest in the Power of Possibility

What happens when we show middle school students a window into the future? We see the world expand before their very eyes. This is The Possibility Movement, a diverse community opening eyes, minds and hearts through real-world experiences that lead to real-world impact.

Build a Movement - Make an Impact

By supporting Spark, you’ll fuel The Possibility Movement — a growing community of students and mentors, parents and educators, activists and corporate leaders all coming together to show young people what’s possible in their future careers. Spark targets middle school, a critical stage of development, but one that’s so often left out of the major investments you see in early-childhood and post-secondary education. Here, every dollar makes a real difference in supporting middle school students through a key transition, with lasting effects on high school performance, graduation rates and college- and career-readiness.

Your donation enables:

Career Exploration & Self-Discovery

Spark balances the importance of practical skills and identity formation

Tailor-Made Programming

Each experience is designed to meet the developmental needs of students in the middle grades

An Impactful Experience

Strategic support for students from 7th through 9th grade helps them successfully transition to high school and stay on track

Return on Investment

80 cents of each dollar supports direct programming

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. 

How do volunteers benefit from Spark?

How do volunteers benefit from 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.

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.

Who supports Spark?

Who supports Spark?

Spark is funded by individuals, businesses, corporate and private foundations and schools.  View our supporters.  

What does it cost to support Spark?

What does it cost to support Spark?

Funders, School Partners and Corporate Partners make financial investments in Spark to cover transportation, safety and operational costs. Learn more about investing in Spark.

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