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Mission & Purpose

The mission of SPARK a Change is to impact and improve the lives of at-risk youth (ages 0-17) through literacy, education and real-world preparedness. Golden Key members are service minded individuals who strive to make a positive difference in their communities and around the world. This initiative helps the next generation to discover and unlock their potential.

SPARK a Change

Golden Key’s mission is to enable members realize their potential. Now, we are asking you to take on a new mission with our SPARK a Change initiative. Watch the video to find out more!


Join the SPARK movement! By 2017, Golden Key aims to raise $40,000, dedicate 400,000 hours of service and impact 400,000 lives in local communities & around the world.
Each month we feature a new SPARK event that chapters are hosting to help us reach our goals. Scroll down for this month's Featured Service Project.
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The Service Toolkit is your one-stop shop for everything SPARK. Inside you'll find templates for fundraising, marketing guides, event ideas, event checklists and more. Use these resources to help you plan your chapter's SPARK events. Visit the Service Toolkit now!

Please note: The Service Toolkit is only accessible to chapter officers, leaders and advisors. If you fit this criteria, you must log in with your Member ID at the top of the screen to view the Toolkit.


Registering Your Event

October is SPARK Month! Ready to start planning your event? Ask around and find out how your community can be benefitted the most! Select what project you want to do to make a difference. Then, register and report your events through the Golden Key website: Visit, log in using your GKID, go to “My Chapter Events” in the Toolkit and click “Add Event”. Make sure the event name you choose contains “SPARK” when registering.


October Is SPARK Month

We are asking all of our chapters to come together across the globe to perform service in the month of October.  To read more about the events from last years SPARK month click here

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Applying for a SPARK Award

The 2015 SPARK a Change Awards have been announced!  We had a large number of applicants with fantastic events.  We narrowed down the entries and chose the top three. 

First Place: Stony Brook University

Second Place: University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix

Third Place: Rutgers University


Watch the SPARK a Change Award Show videoSPARK award video 2015

What is "At-Risk"?

An at-risk student is a student who, by virtue of their circumstances, is statistically more likely than others to fail academically. Factors that can contribute to a student being at-risk may include: low socioeconomic status, demographic background, family background (single parent families and students from large families are at greater risk), lack of parental involvement, poor academic history, student behavior, teacher perceptions of the student, etc.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics- Characteristics of At-Risk Students (

Where is the $40,000 Going?

All funds (check or money orders) must be mailed to headquarters or can be transferred to headquarters using the Check Request Form on the Chapter Toolkit (US Only).  All transactions must include a completed “Money Submission” form (found on the Chapter Toolkit). As funds arrive at headquarters, the money will be put into a SPARK-only account until 2017. Before International Summit 2017, there will be a collaborative effort to choose a program or organization that corresponds with SPARK a Change to donate the entire $40,000. By donating a lump sum of $40,000 to one organization, we feel this donation will have a measurable impact on the recipient organization, thus fulfilling the mission of SPARK a Change. The recipient organization will be announced at International Summit 2017. If you have further questions, please email Katie Hiatt at

Goal: Dollars Raised

Goal: Hours Performed

Goal: Lives Impacted

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Featured Service Project

This month’s featured service project highlights the RMIT University Golden Key chapter in Australia.  The chapter hosted a "Future of Leadership Youth Forum" in November 2015.  The event included well-known businessmen Harold Mitchell, Tony Wheeler (Co-Founder of Lonely Planet) and Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision).  The event is a half-day event with a combination of workshop presentations by high school and university students, keynote presentations and a Q & A panel of experts surrounding the five topics of community service, work-readiness, innovation, student experience, and the future of leadership.  

Want your SPARK project featured? Email Katie Hiatt at

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