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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.)

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Upcoming activities

Our Spring 2023 activities are full and concluded for the season. Our summer programming can be viewed by clicking on the links below. For more information or with questions, please fill out the 'Get in touch with SPARK' form at the bottom of this page.

SPARK Summer - Grades 6-8       |       SPARK Summer - Grades 9-12

Other SPARK! programming:

SPARK! Vibes

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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

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

SPARK! Connects

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Connecting youth to other events in the community, at the University, or to experiences like job shadows. Past Connects opportunities have included roundtable discussions with college athletes and community leaders, and job shadows at a bakery and a physical therapy office.

Questions about SPARK? Get in touch!

We will follow up within two weeks of your submission.

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