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Sparks

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

Providers

Mentoring

Ages:

6 - 18


Big Brother's Big Sister's

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

My Brother's Keeper offers a variety of workshops and positive youth development programs for youth of all ages. Their workshops include mentoring, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills, healthy relationship training, leadership skill building, and more!

  CONTACT

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:

12 - 18


FromBoysToMen

OVERVIEW

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

CONTACT

Ages:

13-18


Bloom Upstate


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

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

Upcoming Events