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 in the highest acuity of need students within Tarrant County.
We have a children-centered focus
We strategically deliver resources to our highest acuity of need students
We are a small organization designed to pivot rapidly to triage and assess serious challenges in our high needs youth.
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
STAFF & BOARD
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 is a veteran of diverse academic and corporate environments, this dynamic and energetic outcomes-driven leader brings a unique blend of technical and interpersonal abilities to the team. As a respected community leader, she is solutions oriented, with absolute strengths in leadership, team development, crisis management/stabilization and analysis.
During her professional career, she has served the spectrum in education, from K-12 to adult, as a faculty member, administrator and volunteer in public, private and corporate arenas. A strong advocate for youth with over three decades of community service, Jackson holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of North Texas.
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 optimizing opportunity for A L L children.
Fort Worth SPARC and MYPhi, led by Dr. Yolande Pengetnze partner on specific pediatric health challenges.
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
Workforce Solutions, Workforce Collaboration Manager
Fatherhood and Community Collaborator
North Texas Commission - VP Governmental Affairs
Mary Emily Pardue
Occupational Therapist, Community Volunteer