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Spark Possibilities at Your School

Spark collaborates with educators to help students connect the dots between school and their futures. Adolescence is a formative stage of development; a time when identities take shape. It’s a time when some students lose sight of the connection between what they’re learning in school and what they're seeing in the “real world.”

Opening Windows Into the Future

In middle school, many students begin to ask big questions: What am I doing here? Why am I learning this? Who do I want to be? Spark helps students investigate these questions with the support of caring adults, so they can formulate their own answers and set out on their journeys of self-discovery. Spark transports students out of the classroom and into nearby workplaces, giving them the opportunity to explore professional environments and reimagine where their education might lead.

A Supported and Impactful Journey

We don’t simply show students what’s possible for their futures; we also provide them with the skills and resources to realize their vision. Through Spark, students move seamlessly from inspiration and exploration, to immersion and skill building, to goal setting and transition. And the result is clear: 92% of Spark alumni graduate high school on time or are on track to do so, compared to only 68% of their peers. The Possibility Movement is bringing this impact to middle schools across the country, and we’re actively looking for new partners to join us in our mission.

Spark Provides:

A Tailor-Made Intervention

Spark brings a unique set of expertise, training, structure, resources and experiences to schools and students — all designed specifically for middle schoolers and the educators teaching them

Training

We are here for the students and for you – gain access to training and resources through our online portal

Designated Account Manager

Spark’s professional team provides guidance and support throughout the program

Schools Provide:

Students

Engage the school’s 7th and 8th graders in the Spark Program

A Staff Member

A lead staff person or “Spark Coordinator” who can assist with student coordination, chaperoning and data collection

A Financial Commitment

Spark’s School and Corporate Partners invest in the program to help cover transportation, safety and operational costs

Time at the End of the School Day

Allocate some time for Spark Students to gather and be dismissed just before the school day ends

Your students will benefit:

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 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 students feel more prepared to start the high school search as a result of participating in Spark

Spark High School Pathways prepares students for 9th grade and supports them in their first high school year so they can take action and feel equipped to actualize 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.

How are Spark Students selected?

How are Spark Students selected?

Spark partners with schools and offers career exploration and self-discovery experiences to 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Students apply to participate in the program, though it’s our goal to help entire grades participate.

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 does Spark look for in School Partners?

What does Spark look for in School Partners?

Successful School Partners have engaged leadership and an empowered team of educators and staff committed to collaboration and supportive of positive student experiences. Spark asks schools to appoint a lead staff person who can assist with student coordination, chaperoning and data collection.

What does it cost for my school to work with Spark?

What does it cost for my school to work with Spark?

School and Corporate Partners make financial investments in Spark to cover transportation, safety and operational costs. Specific fees for bringing Spark’s tailor-made program to schools vary by location and school capacity and will be discussed during partnership conversations.

What kinds of opportunities do Spark Students get?

What kinds of opportunities do Spark Students get?

Spark students gain the benefit of workplace-based 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 explore, understand and experience what’s possible for their futures.

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 horizons and show them everything they can be.

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