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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!

SPARK Goals

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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Resources

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.

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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 www.goldenkey.org, 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.


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October Is SPARK Month

Our first ever SPARK Month was October 2014! Click here to read about all the wonderful projects that GK members participated in. It's not too early to start planning an event for October 2015 that work toward the SPARK a Change goals. 

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Applying for a SPARK Award

The SPARK a Change chapter scholarship application window has closed. Winners for the 2014 SPARK a Change chapter awards were The University of Florida ($500), University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas ($300), University of Puerto Rica, Mayaguez ($300) and Ashford University ($200).

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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 (http://nces.ed.gov/)

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 khiatt@goldenkey.org.

Goal: Dollars Raised

Goal: Hours Performed

Goal: Lives Impacted

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Featured Service Project

This month, we’d like to highlight the GK chapter at the University of Georgia. At the Learning Ally recording studio in Athens, GA, a group of dedicated Golden Key members volunteered their time (3 hours) on a sunny Saturday afternoon to record books for the blind and dyslexic. Learning Ally provides a valuable resource to both the local and the international blind and dyslexic community, both children and adults. They record books and edit their recordings in these studios across the country in various languages, largely through the use of volunteer hours. These books give the underprivileged blind and dyslexic children (and adults) the tools they need to succeed where it would otherwise be nearly impossible. Imagine trying to go to lecture and follow along without being able to take notes at a high speed, see the PowerPoints or other visual representations, or read the book for yourself. Learning Ally strives to record books of many different genres and subjects to facilitate learning and reading enjoyment for their users. 

Want your SPARK project featured? Email Katie Hiatt at khiatt@goldenkey.org.

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Did You Know?

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