February 13, 2014
Last autumn Stephanie and I had the honor of mentoring an 8th grader from a local Oakland Middle School. Our student came once a week for several months to learn about graphic design. As part of the Spark Program, students need to complete a hands-on project to present at Discovery Night.
Our student Maria created her own cards for Valentine's Day, birthday and a thank you card (see below). We had a great time watching her grow in confidence and skill. Perhaps one day she will be a professional graphic designer. In the meantime, we got a great chance to connect with a local school and amazing kids!
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. 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.
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