Strengthening After-School Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration
presented by: FW SPARC Board President Dr. Powderly and family!
Camp SPARC 2020 delivered virtual education in 76105 to 65 attendees. STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) activities, animal safety with Saving Hope Foundation and ratings by parents and students of 4 and 5 on a 5 point scale. THE WIN: English and Spanish speaking parents rated our programming equivalently. We DELIVERED to ALL students equitably!
SPARC produced the first E-CIgarette Resolution between a school district and city. The result, youth have an adult population focused on the dangers, detection, withdrawl and life after e-cigarettes.
SPARC partnered with CORE 21, American Heart Association, Houston Forensic Science Center, TRVA, FWISD, YMCA, Read FW, The Blue Zones, Gibson Educational Services, WNBA Star Britney Griner, TAFB, Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service, 21 Fitness, The Gary Patterson Foundation, Saving Hope, Author Cathy Rosenthal and so many more!
SPARC has consistently delivered to the highest acuity of need zip codes in Tarrant County. In 2022, we've hosted multiple CAMP SPARC events in 76105 at William James MS, delivered Covid 19 and VPD (Vaccine Preventable Diseases) Education and Immunizations, provided STREAM programs over Spring and Summer Break, built home libraries in 76105 "105-4-105" which delivered 105 books per student home and have partnered with Texas Wesleyan. Our newest program "College begins in Kindergarten" delivers familiarity for students, families and community members with Texas Wesleyan beginning as early as Kindergarten. #slayopportunitygaps
SPARC Signature Speaker Series
"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.
September 10, 2022
CAMP SPARC was F I R E at William James Middle School on Saturday, 10 September 2022. 120 students enrolled, yet nearly 200 attended! In 76105, our community awards a
"GOLD SEAL" and then the text. social media, curbside, community center, carpool line promotion of a FABULOUS program to neighbors, family and friends begins! The attendance indicates SPARC and William James Middle School have built relationships and trust in the community!
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Sizzling solar, lava lamps, and dizzying drones… oh my! We had almost 200 kids learn about density, solar energy and flight paths at @WJamesFWISD
student and faculty led, CAMP SPARC. These are community supported learning experiences that matter and build a better tomorrow. #bethebear
Summer 2022, Partnering with Love4Locals, The City of Fort Worth, Seasons of Change, Barbara Cares, Medical City FW, UTA, Texas Wesleyan and many more, we delivered amenities and opportunities to the attendees of summer learning camps in 76105.
March 2022, The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department's Sycamore Park was the site of "CAMP SPARC in SYCAMORE PARK". Close to 200 students ages 5 -15 attended a program which included: sports (soccer, basketball, cheer, art, reading, STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) and gardening. Real discussion, delivered by experts in an age appropriate manner were led to inform student safety in: gun violence, dog and cat care and avoidance of aggressive animnals, safe infant care,
November 20, 2021, MyPHI-FW SPARC-THR-Tat "The Tough Stars Give Back" hit the 100+ vaccines (covid 19 and flue) mark! Featured speaker: Yolande Pengetnze, MD
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.
E-Cigarette Use in Teens
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SPARC WINS for KIDS in 2020 - 2022
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Intersections students had 67% less mobility - they stayed in their school
Intersections students had better attendance
Intersections students received significantly more commendations for behavior than non Intersections students
Intersections students academic performance was better overal
Intersections teachers, parents and classroom teachers built relationships.
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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, health care entities, 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 903 Tarrant County square miles of children whose lives will be transformed by Fort Worth SPARC. Their transformation will depend upon, Tarrant County's ability to produce a “collective impact." Are you up for it? Our children are counting on YOU to provide opportunity during 87% of the day, which they are not in school! #opportunitygaps #livenlovefwyouth #powerof87
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Tobi Jackson, Executive Director