A Backbone for Stronger Futures for All

Spark leverages data, community aspiration and collaborative action to help all learn and thrive.




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Featured Stories

Where in the World is Afterschool?

Itasca Networks for Youth (INY) builds high quality afterschool programs for all kids in the greater Itasca Area. In 2016, INY adopted the quality principles described in “Believe it. Build [...]

Calling all partners (and those who want to be): October Core Team meeting

Need a hearty start to a late October morning? Come to the next Core Team gathering! October 24, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. University of Minnesota Extension -- Grand Rapids [...]

Beyond the Family — SPARKing strong connections for youth

Spring is finally here.  And with the freshness that Spring brings, SPARK has taken a fresh look at our work. The leaders and residents of the Itasca Area are committed [...]