For Spark staff beginning the second half of our program year, National Mentoring Month is a reminder that our work is part of a larger educational and social movement. The Mentoring Effect report tells us that one in three young people feel isolated from meaningful connections with adults outside their home. There’s a clear need for mentoring and Spark is part of the larger network of organizations working to address this national challenge, helping students build the social capital they need to be successful. This program year, Spark is partnering with 30 schools and more than 200 companies and organizations across four major metropolitan regions and engaging more than two thousand volunteer mentors to serve more than 1,000 middle school students, helping them stay engaged, on track and ready for success in high school and beyond.
- Volunteer with Spark and dedicate two hours/week for 10 weeks to a local 7th or 8th grader
- Share your mentoring story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MentorIRL (Mentor In Real Life)
- Change your Facebook or Twitter profile image to reflect your support for Spark and mentoring
- Invest in mentoring with a donation to Spark