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 monthly mentoring program that connects Junior League of Lubbock members with eighth-grade girls in select Lubbock ISD 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 interview these candidates, looking look for those who are leaders or potential leaders among their peers socially and academically.

Committee members conduct sessions with the girls two times a semester and also eat lunch with them at their school in the alternating months. Programs focus on teamwork, self-confidence, education, and the impact of voluntarism on the community. Sessions typically include a day on the Texas Tech University campus as well as the ropes course at Spirit Ranch.

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.