January 31, 2018  /   Los Angeles

S. Mark Taper Foundation Awards $50,000 to Spark

In December, Spark in Los Angeles and the S. Mark Taper Foundation renewed its partnership to support middle school students in their pursuit of what’s possible. Fueled by the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s generous $50,000 investment, mentorships and High School Pathways programming for nearly 600 students from diverse communities across LA in 2017-18 continue to thrive. For students participating in Spark Mentorships, we are creating opportunities to forge meaningful relationships with caring adults, experience new professional environments, and reimagine what’s possible for future careers. For students participating in Spark High School Pathways, we are empowering them to make these possibilities real by accessing high school programs that put them on a path toward their academic and career goals. Ultimately, this support is creating connections across LA — between schools and leading local companies, between working professionals and students, and between young people and their dreams. On behalf of Spark and the nearly 600 Los Angeles students we partner with each year, we thank the S. Mark Taper Foundation for their support!

About Spark
Spark is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future. Spark is leading The Possibility Movement by bringing together diverse communities of families, schools and companies who care, share, teach and inspire. Spark Lab, Spark Mentorship and Spark High School Pathways use workplace experiences, mentoring and guided support to help students in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia explore careers, build skills and find the right path to a successful future. 

About S. Mark Taper Foundation
The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities. Learn more at http://www.smtfoundation.org/home.html

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