Camilla F., a 14-year-old DISD student said, “The only creative thing I did in middle school was doodle on the sides of my papers. Now, after discovering my passion for sculpting during Dallas Spark! Summer Camps, I can further develop my creativity at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.”
Teachers rave about the creative educational experiences Spark! delivers. With more than 70% of all field trip students coming from low-income households, Spark! is making an impact on the youth of our community. In a survey, 93% of the teachers said kids tried new things at Spark!; 87% said kids used their imaginations and more than 70% saw improvement in problem solving skills, overcoming fears and gaining confidence.
The old adage, “Teach a man to fish…” is widely utilized for its accuracy in portraying the human condition. It is applicable for children too. If we teach children to think, to be creative problem solvers and to develop their self-esteem through trial and error, we give them the gift of self-dependence, allowing them to be self-supporting later in life. We know that teaching children problem solving skills is the key to breaking cycles of poverty and equipping children for success.
We must focus on helping children grow up to be self-actualized, confident and independent adults. Teaching the Creative Process at Spark! we help children learn problem solving solutions through trial and error.
To help prove this theory, Spark! recently conducted a research study on the impact of our programming, spanning almost two years, and including more than 600 children from low-income households. Students exposed to the Spark! creative process demonstrated an overall improvement of 60% in perceptions of their own creativity .
Spark! impacts children across our community, having engaged more than 35,000 children in creative programming in just over three years.
Dallas Spark! is proud to be a part of the largest community-wide giving event in the nation and is grateful to Communities Foundation of Texas for their hard work and dedication to nurturing a spirit of giving in North Texas.
In celebration of this day, Spark! has planned a Create-A-Thon scheduled to take place during the 10 days leading up to NTGD.
On behalf of the children we serve, we invite you to support the continued creative development of area youth by making a contribution to Spark!
By Beverly Davis, Spark! CEO
* Graphic and photo provided by Spark!
In nine years, Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $195 million into the North Texas community. In 2017, $39 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, September 20, support Spark! by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay