Spark Bay Area

https://www.sparkbayarea.org/

Spark engages communities to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities that help middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible. Spark’s powerful program combines mentoring, hands-on learning, and access to resources by transporting opportunity middle school students from school communities to corporate campuses, partnering them with career professionals for 1:1 mentoring. Through Spark Labs, Spark Mentorship, and High School Pathways, Spark students participate in activities that build their social-emotional competencies including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Offerings

Age Groups Served
  • Middle School
  • Parent and Caregiver Engagement
Geographical Area Served
  • City of East Palo Alto
  • City of San Francisco
  • County San Francisco
  • County San Mateo
  • State of California
Services Offered
  • Academic Support
  • Mentoring
  • Social Emotional Learning

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A Note from our Board Chair

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that the Board of Directors has decided to wind down and dissolve OnePercent for Education; and the organization has initiated the dissolution process. One of our primary goals was to galvanize members of the business community who had not participated or had not fully participated in social engagement. Another goal was to engage individuals and families in our work for educational equity.

We continue to believe that there are people who care deeply about the issue and that there are significant financial resources that can be generated to support this movement. Despite our efforts, OnePercent for Education was unsuccessful in generating enough funding to achieve financial sustainability at this difficult time.

Every decision made was through the lens of how we can best bring support for the kids who need it the most. This is the work that our Nonprofit Partners deliver every day and will continue to do. Our Board of Directors will individually continue to promote their efforts and encourage support of their work. As we wind down, we are distributing as much of our remaining assets as possible to our Nonprofit Partners. While each Nonprofit Partner has received modest funding, this is far less than we had hoped, given the importance of their activities.

We urge each of you to support our Nonprofit Partners in the fulfillment of their missions as it so deeply impacts the communities they serve.

Finally, we thank you for your support of OnePercent for Education.