ABOUT SPARK— Spark is a national nonprofit that provides life-changing apprenticeships to middle school students from disadvantaged communities. 30% of students in the United States drop out of high school, with the dropout rate exceeding 50% in the highest need neighborhoods.
Spark addresses the dropout crisis by connecting volunteer professionals with underserved youth in workplace apprenticeships to “spark” their potential. Students identify a “dream job,” and Spark matches that student with a mentor doing that job. These apprenticeships are complemented by a Leadership Class, which helps students connect apprenticeship learning to school. As students explore the school-to-career connection, they build skills critical for academic success, gain a strong appreciation for the relevance of their education, and become motivated to work hard to achieve their dreams. Spark currently operates programs through the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles and Chicago, with plans to expand to the East Coast by Fall 2012.
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Spark is a dropout prevention program that provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. Spark operates summer and after-school programs that match students with apprenticeships in professions.