SPARK! Program

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Overview: SPARK! programming provides active engagement for youth to help them find their passion. We provide positive interaction and safe spaces for youth wanting to explore new activities, form new friendships, and create memorable experiences.

Eligibility: Youth 12-18 yrs. old. We prioritize youth facing barriers to participation in activities that spark their interest (e.g. youth of color, LGBTQ+, and/or low socioeconomic status).

Get involved: See "Upcoming activities" below and click "Sign Up!" to register. (Programs that are currently full will direct you to an optional waitlist.)


Upcoming activities

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Harvest with GrowJC

  • October 20th and 27th, after school.

  • Harvest garlic, squash, or carrots with the Grow Johnson County team at the historic poor farm on Melrose Ave.


Fall(out): Day hike

  • November 8th (no school)

  • A day hike at Cangleska-Wakan Park near Solon full of fallen leaves and fresh fall air. Carry a pack if you want!

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Fro-Yo: Winter Campout

  • December 10th-11th (Sat-Sun)

  • Camp games, twilight hike, warm sleeping bags, fire and s'mores. Weather-appropriate gear provided!

Other SPARK! programming:

SPARK! Vibes


Safe and supportive hangout spaces for BIPOC youth and allies, where youth are encouraged to be their full, joyful selves. Locations rotate through the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty communities. See upcoming dates and locations on the UAY Facebook page.

SPARK! Talks


Facilitated conversation groups with youth about topics surrounding their diverse lives, experiences and ideas for the future.

Questions about SPARK? Get in touch!

We will follow up within two weeks of your submission.