The cocktail event hosted by honorary event chair, Governor Pat Quinn was something straight out of a Real Housewives of (insert fabulous city here). The DJ seranated the crowd to hip cosmopolitan style music as guests indulged in sweets made by the nations top chefs. Attendee’s were welcomed to outbid friends in the silent auction and sample decadent confections with local beer and wine -- all in support of Chicago middle school youth!
Such sweets as snickerdoodle cream puffs, pink grapefruit poundcake with honey ice cream and honeycomb candy,and rosemary popcorncould be seen on the chic dessert plates of patrons as they samed each table Tsate of Chicago style. Don’t forget about the braised lamb belly with blistered golden raisins and bacon cotton candy!
Not to lose sight of the nights purpose, bubbly members of the Spark organization conversed with each guest of about 100 people with different miniature fundraisers. Whether it was purchasing a flshing ring for $10 or bidding on Bulls tickets and other Chicago events, everyone in attendance was given the opportunity to make a difference.
Spark is a non profit organization dedicated helping youth become motivated learners and connected community members. The organization also advocates encouraging adults to nurture the next generation through mentoring and volunteerism. The nine year old organization originated in California, making Chicago it’s first branch out city. The organization currently serves 200 students, all in pursuit of finding their dream job and connecting with positive indulivalds who want to make it happen.
“Spark’s volunteer mentors are essential to our program’s success. They help us fulfill our mission to inspire youth through one-on-one, hands-on apprenticeships.”
As a mentor, you’ll host a middle school student who dreams of working in your profession. You’ll meet at your workplace once a week for 8-10 weeks. In that time, you’ll teach them about what you do, inspire their curiosity, and help them fulfill their dreams.
Though expereicne is not necessary, passion and commitment is a must. Mentors will be traineed and will be able to untilize current staff members as a support system.
How It Works
"As a mentor, you’ll host a middle school student who dreams of working in your profession. You’ll meet at your workplace once a week for 8-10 weeks. In that time, you’ll teach them about what you do, inspire their curiosity, and help them fulfill their dreams." - Exert from the Spark Chicago Website.
To become a Spark mentor visit their website: http://www.sparkprogram.org/index.php/get_involved/volunteer
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