Communities will soon learn how a focus on providing positive, sustained connections with youth is paying off.  Itasca Area youth are taking the Youth Voice Survey again this fall.  Results will be shared publicly in late November.

SPARK is committed to ensuring every young person in the Itasca Area has what they need to be successful.  Positive, well-rounded, and trustworthy relationships begin in the home with parenting adults and siblings.  In addition, young people need strong relationships with friends, teachers, employers, youth workers, neighbors, religious leaders, and others.  A vast body of research highlights the importance of these relationships in young people’s lives, guiding them on their pathways to a positive future.

To donate to SPARK visit the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation website:  www.gracf.orgClick on Donate Now on the front page, then scroll down to the SPARK Fund.