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To provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.
30% of students in the United States drop out of high school every year, averaging 7,000 every day. Among students in the highest need neighborhoods across the United States, the dropout rate exceeds 50%. This is one of the greatest social justice issues of our time.
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 is a national organization that provides life-changing apprenticeships to middle school students from disadvantaged communities in an effort to empower them to succeed in their education and beyond.