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In the quest for academic success, many students face daunting obstacles with limited resources. That's where SparkWheel comes in. For more than 25 years, schools and families have counted on us to remove barriers, fill gaps, and be personal champions to help students thrive. Our trustworthy, passionate staff work inside schools alongside community partners to do whatever it takes to help students reach their full potential.
SparkWheel serves more than 30,000 students in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Iowa. Through the Integrated Student Supports framework, we help to support students’ academic and non-academic needs, resulting in an increased sense of well-being and greater success in school.
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What started as Communities In Schools of Kansas with one employee, has grown into SparkWheel: a massively impactful organization committed to igniting student success.
Each year, we help more than 30,000 students and their families overcome challenges such as poverty, food insecurity, trauma, and homelessness.
From pre-k to post-secondary and beyond, we are helping students and families overcome a wide variety of barriers to reach their goals and thrive!
The people who make up SparkWheel are truly an exceptional group. They not only talk the talk, but they walk the walk.
At SparkWheel, we strive to alleviate barriers that students and families face. Working inside schools, we provide support and services for their unique needs. We identify the needs of each student and partner with the community to address them. Whether it’s clean clothes, help with schoolwork or referrals for other services, we link students with what they need to achieve their goals. We believe there is a spark in every student we serve, and we are here to ignite their success!
At SparkWheel, we work to alleviate barriers, enabling students and their families to reach their goals.
At SparkWheel, we believe that every person we work with has a spark inside them. To provide more specialized services adapted to the communities that we serve, we have recently separated from the national organization Communities In Schools, which we have been a part of for more than 25 years. This decision reflects our evolution and vision for the future.
The students and families we serve will continue to receive support services to help them overcome barriers preventing them from achieving their goals. We are still primarily a school-based organization; however, with the departure from the national organization, we are able to continue to serve pre-K and post-secondary education, as well as provide new, exciting, original programs and services.
Our tagline, “Igniting Student Success," expresses our mission and impact. The name SparkWheel reflects the spark that we see in every person we serve, while the wheel symbolizes the circle of support we provide.
How do I apply to be a volunteer with SparkWheel?For information on how to volunteer with SparkWheel, email: email@example.com
What schools does SparkWheel serve? Is SparkWheel in my community?You can find the full list of schools and communities that we are working in HERE.
Who do I contact if I have issues with my SparkWheel volunteer supervisor?If you are having trouble communicating with your direct SparkWheel supervisor (Student Support Coordinator), please reach out to Sophie Archuleta, Director of Special Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to go through a background check process to volunteer with the organization?The safety of our students is of the utmost importance at SparkWheel. Volunteers who take on roles that will give them one-to-one or continual access to students must go through our background check process. This includes a detailed volunteer application, screening interview, Child Abuse and Neglect Registry checks, State Background Checks, and the National Sex Offenders Public Registry checks.
Can I volunteer in more than one school in my community?Absolutely!
Can corporate groups volunteer?Yes! There are opportunities where groups can volunteer. These events vary from school to school, so be sure to contact your Student Support Coordinator to find these opportunities.
Can my family volunteer?Yes! There are opportunities where the whole family can join! These events vary from school to school, so be sure to contact your Student Support Coordinator to find these opportunities.
Who do I contact if I cannot make it to my volunteer shift?Your SparkWheel volunteer supervisor is your first line of contact. This person is usually a Student Support Coordinator working within the school.
What other ways can I give to the organization?There are plenty of ways in which you can support students through SparkWheel. In addition to the multiple volunteer opportunities, we also accept monetary and in-kind donations. To make a monetary donation, simply click DONATE on our page. To make an in-kind donation, please contact your local Student Support Coordinator to find out what items they need.