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SPARK a Change

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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Think you have an amazing event?

Apply for a SPARK a Change chapter award!  Fill out this form and return it by 11 November. The winners will be announced on or before 9 December.

Questions?  Email Katie Hiatt at 



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? Golden Key Kiddos Camp!

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.  The money will benefit the Golden Key Kiddos Camp which will start summer 2016 in Atlanta, GA.  The camp will benefit at-risk children from Kindergarten through first grade. The camp is five weeks long and will help students prepare to enter the school year confident and ready to learn.

If you are interested in working for the camp or 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

On a beautiful Wednesday morning, a group of Golden Key  Headquarters staff met at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center in downtown Atlanta.   Staff attended an hour long volunteer training to prepare to help the sixth grade students navigate through the JA Biztown.  At 10:30am the local sixth graders entered the “Town Square” dressed in their best business attire.  Before arriving the students were given jobs within JA Biztown, some were CEO’s, some were Business to Consumer Sales representatives, they even elected a mayor for the day.  Students headed to their businesses (including AT&T, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and more).  The CEO of each business started the day with a staff meeting where they set goals and a marketing plan to sell products throughout the day.  The students learned how to write a check, make a bank deposit, balance a checkbook, use a debit card, invoice businesses, create a business loan and more.  At the end of the day the entire town came together to discuss their achievements and thank their team members for a job well done. 


GK HQ staff members had a blast helping the students with real-world preparedness skills and fulfilling the mission of SPARK a Change.

Want your SPARK project featured? Email Katie Hiatt at



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