The SPARK after-school and summer program...
...is the result of many local agencies, organizations, and individuals (including the UW Extension 4H program, Ashland Parks and Rec, and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute) collaborating to create a fun, safe, inspiring, adventurous
space for tweens and teens to ignite their inner superhero.
The goal is for students to build personal resilience by discovering activities that “light them up,” and get them excited about life! Research has shown that teens who develop healthy relationships with positive adults and who find activities and pursuits that they are passionate about are less likely to engage with drugs, alcohol, smoking and other risky behaviors.
Our mentors will be working with the students to help them learn about themselves, what they are passionate about and how to pursue those interests in healthy ways. The youth who participate will be exposed regularly to new activities, lessons, games, sports, hobbies, and skills. Much of the programming will be tailored to the interests of the students who are involved.
If you have questions, please call the SPARK program coordinator, Scott Griffiths at 715.255.0509.
This project is a partnership between Ashland County Health and Human Services, UW Extension 4-H the City of Ashland Parks and Rec Department, the School District of Ashland, Northland College’s SOEI, Bay Area Rural Transit and many other collaborators. SPARK is made possible with a generous grant from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families- Brighter Futures Initiative.
We hope to see your student soon!