Fort Worth, Texas

July 2019

SPARC, Texas Wesleyan University and FWISD built THE ELITE INSTITUTE built The Elite

Institute (Spring 2019) and launched in the summer of 2019.  Led by the exceptional talent of Texas Wesleyan professors:

Dr. Lisa Dryden and Dr. Elsa Anderson, our students from the neighborhood known as POLY in 76105 were invited to build upon their reading skills.  The results were over 100 students posted 2018 scores of 83% improvement and 2019 scores of 90% improvement in reading.  Many students met and/or exceeded grade level.  

Please click on the link below to see the story of THE ELITE INSTITUTE and the impact it has had on our beautiful students in 76105.


Strengthening After-School Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration

SPARC Signature Speaker Series

Quarterly SPARC presents

"Cutting Edge" Programs for 

after school providers, their education and healthcare counterparts on surveyed topics.  Previous topics: Sexual and Physical Abuse, Free Pediatric Medical Care, Vaccines, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, ADHD, Student Safety and "Intersections" a SPARC Original Program.

  • January 2020, The City of Fort Worth and FWISD passed the first resolutions on youth e cigarette use in the USA with support from:  SPARC, American Heart Association, State Rep Nicole Collier, Dr. Kathleen Powderly, Dr. Tracey Barnett and The BLUE ZONES.

  • Please review the visual and print media links below for precise details.










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Fort Worth SPARC

BEGINS for students on July 8 at 9 am

Dates are:

July 8, 9(special Animal Care at 11 am)

July 13, 14,15, 16 (special Animal Care at 11 am)

July 20, 21, 22, 23 (special Animal Care at 11 am)

CAMP SPARC Summer 2020

Powered by SPARC and CORE 21

 July 6 - July 30, 2020


All Virtual

 Individualized Instruction in: Science, Math

Art, Leadership Training and Pet Care and Safety

Grades 3,4 and 5

SPARC thanks our sponsors/partners/friends:

The Ryan Foundation

The Amon Carter Foundation

The Sid Richardson Foundation

The Molyneaux Foundation

The Gary Patterson Foundation

The Capital Grille

Tough Stars Give Back

The United Way

The Fort Worth Independent School District

The American Heart Association

Imagination FW

Saving Hope Foundation

The Eastside Alliance


January 2020

Landmark Resolutions on

E-Cigarette Use in Teens

Please watch local and national news media on links below

Did you miss

The SPARC Signature Speaker Series?

More programs will arrive in the Fall of 2020


  The E-Cigarette

landmark program

January 2020

Hosted at:

IM terrell VPA/STEM Academy


 dual Resolutions

  • Fort Worth City council 

  • fwisd board of trustees


June 2019

Hosted by our friends at The Mcdonald YMCA

Sponsored by SPARC



in action

Western hills elementary

las vegas trail - LVT


Fort Worth SPARC is a network of Fort Worth's diverse after-school and summer programs.

We collaborate with the City of Fort Worth, all 14 Fort Worth school districts and various community organizations to ensure equitable placement of excellent programs.

We strive to improve all youth programs by encouraging and providing:​​



Advocating for funding and developing exceptional Out-of-School Time (OST) programs in greater Fort Worth.  #equityandexcellence



Serving as a resource for parents seeking OST programs and helping providers with  professional development.



Building partnerships with key stakeholders, parents and organizations.




Millions of urban youth lack access to out of school time programs that provide rich opportunities for growth, learning and fun.  Fort Worth SPARC is coordinating  the work of government agencies, private funders, local programs and others involved in OST (out of school time) programming. Fort Worth, joined a cohort of eleven cities, as part of a Wallace initiative to innovate Out of School Time learning


We have 349 square miles of children whose lives will be transformed by Fort Worth SPARC. Their transformation will depend upon, Fort Worth's ability to produce a “collective impact."  Are you up for it? Our children are counting on YOU to provide opportunity during 85% of the day, which they are not in school!  #opportunitygaps  #livenlovefwyouth


Please click on the 4 bracket design in the top right corner.  This will expand the map. 


RED $ = reflect programs costing $$.  Green flags = FREE programming.

*Always check with the program provider to determine any potential changes.


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Tobi Jackson, Executive Director

1500 N. Main Street

Fort Worth, TX  76164



Out-of-school-time (OST) programs include before-school, after-school, summer, weekend and holiday programs, which are known to promote academic improvement, social development and mental health.

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