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Spark's Mission is to provide life changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.
Spark apprenticeships bring underserved middle school students out of the classroom and into the workplace for individualized mentoring that results in educational success and powerful career ambitions.
Created by educators, Spark is the only mentoring program in the US working to raise high school graduation rates through tailored workplace apprenticeships that inspire seventh and eighth grade students to engage in their education and set long-term career goals.
Since 2004, Spark has helped thousands of students explore careers through individualized, hands-on apprenticeships with volunteer, working professionals. A school-based Spark Leadership Curriculum connects the apprenticeships to in-school learning. Over the course of the school year, Spark students develop their identity, build community and explore their future, which leads to improved attendance, classroom behavior and course performance. Spark students initially exhibiting signs of educational disengagement have bright futures: Spark alumni enter high school on-track for success, graduate on time and are prepared for their futures.