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SPARKS

Search Institute has developed a concept called “sparks”: the interests and passions young people have within them that light a fire in their lives and express the essence of who they are and what they offer to the world. Search Institute research has shown Sparks promote healthy, positive development and contribute to psychological well-being and resilience. Students with sparks engage in fewer risk-taking behaviors. They are less depressed, less worried, and more satisfied with their lives overall.

What's your teen's Spark?  Art, Music, Sports, Being a Positive Peer?  What does your teen love to do and what motivates them to be their best?  Whatever that is... that's their spark! Everyone needs a spark.  Let us help your teen find theirs!

Providers

Mentoring

Ages:

13-18


Big Brothers Big Sisters

OVERVIEW

Community-Based mentoring: Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. School-Based mentoring: Bigs and Littles meet for one-on-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center or other set location.

CONTACT

Ages:

Varies by program


My Brother's Keeper

OVERVIEW

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department offers the following youth development programs at various centers. These programs are no less than nine months.
BARS Academy: Serves ages 14-19
Mentoring: Serves ages 14-19
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Serves ages 13-16

CONTACT

To enroll your youth in one of these programs contact Kim Moultrie

Ages:

Varies by program


City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation

OVERVIEW

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department offers the following youth development programs:
BARS Academy: Serves ages 14-19
Mentoring: Serves ages 14-19
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Serves ages 13-16

  CONTACT

Ages:

Varies by program


FromBoysToMen

OVERVIEW

FromBoysToMen is a mentoring program that works with males to help them take ownership of their lives and hold themselves accountable. 

CONTACT

Bloom Upstate

Ages:

13-18


OVERVIEW

Bloom Upstate is a mentoring program that works to educate, support, and empower families and young women to better their lives. Enrichment classes, workshops, counseling services, and encouragement are available to local young women to encourage growth for the whole family.

CONTACT

Andrea Johnson or call (864) 529-7581

Future Leaders

Ages:

14-19


RiZe

OVERVIEW

RiZe is a youth movement. Local teens are leading awareness campaigns and social change in the following topic areas: Bullying, Raising the Age of Incarceration, Immigration Advocacy, LGBTQI Supports, Mental Health Supports, Substance Abuse and Police Relations. Teens are invited to join the movement! 

CONTACT

  • Visit the RiZe web page to learn more about each topic and to find out how to connect with the youth leaders.

Ages:

9th-12th graders


Youth Advisory Board

OVERVIEW

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of teenagers who want to impact the community of Spartanburg by educating, inspiring, and leading youth toward increased emotional, physical, and psychological well-being through peer leadership and positive role modeling to reduce the use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. 

CONTACT

Ages:

13-18


Teen Advisory Group

OVERVIEW

TAG is open to enthusiastic and opinionated teens who want input on library programs, materials, and contests. It's also a great way to earn volunteer credit! 

CONTACT

Ages:

14-18


No Filter

OVERVIEW

No Filter is a teenage group discussion where teenagers have a safe space to discuss certain topics without being judged or criticized about their opinions, and the way that they feel!

CONTACT

Volunteer Opportunities

Ages:

13-18


Volunteen

OVERVIEW

The Spartanburg Headquarters Library is always looking for volunteers. Open Volunteen hours are every Saturday from 9-11am and are limited to the first 3 teens. Teens can also schedule a time to volunteer that works with their schedules.

CONTACT

Ages:

14-18


Connect Ambassadors

OVERVIEW

Connect is looking for Ambassadors! Being an ambassador would mean that you would represent the brand and educate your peers on what Connect is. We'll provide you with all of the materials you will need!

CONTACT

  • Polly Edwards-Padgett or call (864) 573-9500

Ages:

13-18


United Way of the Piedmont

OVERVIEW

The United Way of the Piedmont regularly hosts volunteer opportunities for a variety of local organizations. If you are looking for ways to get involved, check out their volunteer events calendar. 

CONTACT

Resources

 

ACT Center for Excellence

Parents and teens need to know about adolescent development! ACT Center for Excellence offers a few reliable, informative websites for parents, and reliable, youth-friendly websites for teenagers.

The Science of Adult Capabilities

Adults need certain capabilities to succeed in life and support the development of the next generation. Learn how to help your young person develop these skills in their childhood and teen years. 

 

Under Construction the Adolescent Brain 

The Power of the Adolescent Brain: A TAG Talk uses research to shine a light on adolescent brain development. Motivated by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, and drawing on clinical experience and research, neurologist Dr. Jensen shares what researchers have discovered about adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity and provides practical suggestions for practitioners and families with adolescents.

Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers

Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world's leading authorities on positive human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development and social change, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers Dr. Benson's international reputation in human development emerged in the 1990s through his innovative, research-based framework of Developmental Assets, the most widely recognized approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.

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