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SPARK! Program


Upcoming activities:

Overview: SPARK! programming provides active engagement for youth to help them find their passion. We provide positive interaction, safe spaces, and access to outdoor and recreational opportunities 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 a waitlist.)

Disc Golfing - WAITLIST
Monday, March 11th, 2pm

Spend the afternoon on the fairway to enjoy this fast-growing leisure sport! Discs provided.


Foraging - WAITLIST
Wednesday, April 10th, 10am

Ever wondered which plants are safe to eat? Curious about 'living off the land'? Try foraging!


Thursday, March 14th, 2pm

Use digital maps and clues to hunt for treasures and artifacts people have hidden...well, everywhere!


Recording Studio Hangout - WAITLIST
Saturday, April 13th, 10:30am

Come with beats, lyrics, or just see what it's like to get behind the mic!


Boxing & Jiu-Jitsu
Saturday, March 30th, 10:30am

Join us at Big George's for an introduction to boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu!

Now available: SPARK Outdoor Gear Library!


​Students who have previously participated in a SPARK Explores outdoor adventure are able to check out gear for personal use, for free! The rental form and agreement will need to be filled out with a parent/guardian.

Available gear to borrow:

  • Tents (2-person, 4-person, and 6-person)

  • Sleeping bags (various temp. ratings)

  • Sleeping pads

  • Headlamps

  • Water bottles

  • Fishing poles

  • Daypacks

  • Camp chairs

  • Ponchos

  • Air mattress (1)

  • Camp pillows

  • Sleeping cot (1)

To request gear, visit:

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.

SPARK! Talks


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

SPARK! Connects


Connecting youth to other events in the community. Past Connects opportunities have included roundtable discussions with college athletes and community leaders, a job shadow at a bakery, and a visit to the University of Iowa AfroHouse.

Questions about SPARK? Get in touch!

We will follow up within two weeks of your submission.

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