Thanks to support from the Jonas Family Fund, the Scully Foundation, the Rogers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Long Foundation Spark is well on its way to securing the funding needed to launch and sustain the Oakland program. A unique partnership with Groupon Grassroots (http://grassroots.groupon.com), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, will allow Spark to secure additional funds needed to support the Oakland program.
From Monday, June 25th through Sunday, July 1st, Spark’s Oakland Launch campaign will be available on Groupon Grassroots’ San Francisco page (http://www.groupon.com/
“Spark is excited to partner with Groupon Grassroots to mobilize support for our Oakland launch, said Spark Co-Founder & CEO Chris Balme. “This campaign demonstrates that every little bit counts in helping Spark provide hands-on apprenticeships to more and more young people throughout the Bay Area and beyond."
ABOUT SPARK— Spark is a national nonprofit that provides life-changing apprenticeships to middle school students from disadvantaged communities. Spark addresses the nation’s high school 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and will launch in Oakland, CA in Fall 2012 and in Philadelphia in Spring 2013.
ABOUT GROUPON GRASSROOTS – Groupon Grassroots, launched in July 2010 in Chicago, features local campaigns in more than 65 markets nationwide, enabling Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their communities. Groupon Grassroots uses collective action to gather support for worthwhile causes and produce tangible results for local organizations. To learn more about Groupon Grassroots and how to become a featured organization, visit http://grassroots.groupon.com. To subscribe to Groupon, visit http://www.groupon.com.