The newest signature project of the Junior League of Lubbock is SPARK.  Education was chosen by the membership as the next five year focus area beginning in June 2012.  The Research and Development Committee developed SPARK to further the Junior League of Lubbock's current strategic plan to "create more community impact by continuing and strengthening our current community projects and building upon these to develop NEW projects that will serve even more children and families in our area."  This new signature project is designed to educate eighth grade teenage girls in Lubbock.  In September 2012, the membership voted to accept SPARK as the next signature project of the Junior League of Lubbock and SPARK began in June 2013.  The SPARK program ignites the potential in middle school girls to develop into self-confident students and leaders making a positive impact in their community.  The four-part program teachs teamwork, self-confidence, the value of education and impact of community involvement through voluntarism.  In its inaugural year, we implemented this program in four LISD schools - S. Wilson Middle School, Atkins Middle School, Cavazos Middle School and Dunbar Middle School.  Ten to fifteen young women from each school were identified by teachers and school administrators as leaders, or potential leaders, among their peers - both academically and socially. They were invited to participate in our program.  During the 2014-2015 school year the SPARK program expanded to include O.L. Slaton Middle School and Mackenzie Middle School. This year, the 2015-2016 school year, SPARK increased its outreach to serve Evans Middle School, Irons Middle School and Talkington YWL.

SPARK runs from September to April each year with two programs each semester focusing on teamwork, self-confidence, education and the impact of voluntarism on the community.  We are excited at the success we have had and we look forward to continuing to impact the lives of young women in the Lubbock community and enrich our membership for many years to come.