The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Mentor LA Youth Interested in the Arts!


WHAT: Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to middle school youth in under-served communities across the United States. Spark addresses the high school dropout crisis by connecting volunteer professionals with middle school students in workplace-based apprenticeships to “spark” their potential. Students identify a “dream job,” and Spark matches that student with a mentor doing that job. These apprenticeships are complemented by a Leadership Class, which helps students connect apprenticeship learning to school.

WHY: To help re-engage students in their education by given them the opportunity to learn about their dream career. As students explore the school-to-career connection, they build skills critical for academic success, gain a strong appreciation for the relevance of their education, and become motivated to work hard to achieve their dreams.

WHERE: At your workplace! Students come to you for their apprenticeship, getting real-world, hands-on experience in your career.

WHEN: Apprenticeships are 2 hours/once a week in the afternoon. The Fall Session begins late September until mid-December

REQUIREMENTS: No experience necessary! Spark provides free training and is there with you at every step to answer questions and offer support. Every Apprentice Teacher is, however, required to pass a background check and site clearance visit at your workplace.

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER: Please feel free to contact Laurie at with questions or to sign up!

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