We believe investing in visionary leaders and emerging organizations expands possibilities, creating bolder visions for improving young lives.
Over the last 25 years SparkYouth NYC has served more than 75 youth development programs and 250,000 young people. We believe our rigorous vetting process, continued monitoring, and close partnership with our member programs (grantees) has allowed us to achieve a proven track record of selecting and investing in the best emerging youth development programs in NYC. While nearly one-third of nonprofits close their doors in the first five years, 95% of our former member programs are still thriving and serving thousands of young people.
Our multi-year investment and workshop and mentoring curriculum at a critical stage of their growth and development allows our member programs and their leadership to invest in the future by hiring and developing staff, increasing program capacity, and improving their facilities. During their time as a grantee of SparkYouth 95% of our member programs double in size and 45% triple in size.