SPARC exists to Strengthen after-school Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration.

All Children will have equitable access to excellent quality after-school programs that promote intellectual, creative and healthy development leading to engaged and productive citizens.




To strengthen after-school programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration.



  • We have a children-centered focus

  • We have an ongoing strategic plan

  • We are committed to data-driven decision-making

  • We are committed to continuous quality improvement

  • We are committed to a diverse set of stakeholders

  • We continuously engage our stakeholders

  • We seek ongoing support from stakeholders and providers



  • ​To advance the safest and highest-quality service in after-school programs

  • To advocate for those we serve with honesty and mutual respect

  • To ensure quality programming through continuous learning and shared knowledge

  • To honor diversity and inclusiveness

  • To uphold the highest level of stewardship with our funds and resources

  • To be open, ethical and transparent in how we serve and operate

  • To be supportive and cooperative in all collaborations and partnerships



The innovative and dedicated professionals at SPARC come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a passion for serving the children, youth and families of Fort Worth.

Tobi Jackson
Executive Director

The Fort Worth SPARC nine member Board of Directors was established to represent the organization’s best interests within the community, to ensure Fort Worth SPARC is on track to meet goals and to develop policies in support of those goals with an end goal of serving A L L children.   

Kathleen Powderly, MD President

     Pediatrician - Private Practice

Pablo Calderon Vice President

     Extensive experience working with non-profit, governmental agencies and citizen groups.

Molly Hyry, Treasurer

     Educator and Community Leader


Vicki Ray, Secretary

      Biotech and Pharmaceutical Professional, Community Volunteer

      Nationally accaimed collegiate baton twirling coach

John Gales, Jr.

      Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Event Coordinator, Motivational Speaker, Recording Artist

Mervil Johnson

      Workforce Solutions, Workforce Collaboration Manager

          Fatherhood and Community Collaborator

Tiesa Leggett


Mary Emily Pardue

      Occupational Therapist, Community Volunteer

Susie Reyes

       Independent Consultant

       Reyes Consulting


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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