S.P.A.R.K. (Supplemental Parenting for At Risk Kids)

 We are dedicated to serving our citizens in a variety of ways. The cornerstone of teach is the SPARK (Supplemental Parenting for At Risk Kids) program. SPARK is a comprehensive model for after-school programming and services for at risk youth.  T.E.A.C.H. believes that all children are at risk without mentoring.  The SPARK model will ideally be emulated by other rural/city communities.

SPARK wants to augment the education, guidance, and nourishment of kids on behalf of the community. SPARK does not intend to replace parents, but to supplement and mediate year-round between home and school to secure the education and socialization of its children. Our program will prepare and teach them to lead stable, self-sustaining, productive lives.  They will learn how to develop a moral compass, and to become personally responsible citizens.

S.P.A.R.K. has four main areas of focus: Arts, Athletics, Education, and the Outdoors.

 S.P.A.R.K. has an additional component that sets our programming apart from traditional programming.  S.P.A.R.K. institutes the Learn & Earn program.  The Learn and Earn program is a unique component of teaching real life financial skills and responsibility through a mock financial model.

T.E.A.C.H. bases its Learn and Earn programming initiative for k-12 on an hourly wage system. Virtual work-hours will start at minimum wage for regular programs, while work completed outside of the children’s regular program may bring a “higher” pay rate.  Potential also exists to receive quarterly bonuses. Thus, the Learn & Earn program mirrors real life work experience.  It will generate mock paychecks and even issue virtual credit and loans.  All of which is designed to teach children real-world financial responsibility, work ethics, and team building—all under a body of operating rules and standards. 

 Participants in T.E.A.C.H. programs must earn the various benefits provided to them.  T.E.A.C.H. maintains numerous programs at no charge or at discounted pricing simply to help meet expenses. Participants in these programs need to understand, however, that money is needed to maintain them and that numerous man hours and resources are needed to make them happen. Young clients need taught skills to learn that wages and responsibility are necessary for a better life and to become self-sustaining adults.  

The Learn and Earn program is extremely important.  It teaches our youth how to prepare for real world, adult living situations.  This program prepares them to obtain jobs, find independent housing, how to secure loans, establish credit, and to live within their means.  It also teaches them the value of hard work and demonstrates that through hard work that anything is obtainable with dedication.