Funding supported the launch of Spark in Philadelphia. Spark’s unique workplace-based mentorship experiences provide seventh and eighth grade students with a positive adult role model and the exposure to workplaces that they need to understand why school is important early in their education.
Update: During its spring 2013 pilot, Spark reached 67 students in three schools. In fall 2013 they expanded to six schools and enrolled 110 students. Data from the spring 2013 pilot showed that participating students: gained key skills such as goal setting, networking and public speaking; increased their attendance; and, improved their grades during the program.