Empowering Girls When They Need It Most

Eighth grade is a time of mental and physical change, and adapting to these changes can often prove challenging. Children begin discovering who they are and their capabilities. SPARK is a bi-monthly program that operates October through May to connect Junior League of Lubbock members with eighth-grade girls in select Lubbock ISD middle schools to help develop the girls’ potential and see the opportunities available to them.

Watch It Grow

Academic counselors and school administrators nominate female students for inclusion in SPARK. SPARK committee members review and select candidates based on their current or potential leadership attributes among their peers, socially and academically.

Committee members conduct sessions with the girls bi-monthly during the school lunch period. Programs focus on self-confidence, education, teamwork, goal setting and the impact of voluntarism in the community.

Still a relatively new program, SPARK looks for ways to grow and strengthen the program. Supporting SPARK through sponsorship, donations or sharing an area of expertise adds fuel to the spark educators see in these girls.