Every college student deserves support. Spark specifically aims to provide support to students with foster and kinship care experience, including adoptees—to counter low graduation rates in Texas. With only 1-2% of former foster care students obtaining a bachelor's degree, Spark is committed to increasing this percentage by facilitating a seamless transition from high school through to college graduation and beyond.  
College Transition Support
Transitioning to college is smoother with a solid plan. Spark guides students through applications, teaches strategies for academic success, and ensures the right questions are asked. We connect you with financial aid advisors, scholarship information, and resources at your chosen institution. Our doors are open to all high school students and beyond, whether you're eyeing a 2-year college or a 4-year university.
Support while at UT
Navigating a university with over 50,000 people is no small feat. Spark collaborates with Horns Helping Horns and student services across campus to0 offer comprehensive support, ensuring you don't just survive but thrive during your college years.
Leadership & Connection
Spark's student organization focuses on honing leadership skills. With workshops on practical life skills, community events, and networking opportunities, we're here to help you forge lasting relationships and robust support networks.
Career Support
Your professional journey is our priority. Spark connects you to premier career services, aids in finding on-campus employment, and provides resources for internships and job fairs, setting the stage for success during and after your college experience.

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Spark's home base is located at Hargis Hall, conveniently situated on the Southeast corner of campus near IH-35 and MLK. While the Spark team frequently works across various campus locations, we're always eager to arrange a meeting with you at Hargis Hall or elsewhere on campus. To ensure we can provide you with our undivided attention, please reach out via phone or email to schedule an appointment. We can't wait to meet you!
1823 Red River Austin, TX 78703
Program Director:
E-mail: shannon.mann@austin.utexas.edu Phone: 254-324-2009

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