Since 1993, Spark the Journey (previously Capital Partners for Education) has placed hundreds of motivated students from families with low incomes on the path to high school graduation, college completion, and career success. Eighty percent are first-generation-to-college students; 99% are students of color; all are from families with low incomes that face systemic barriers to education. Starting in tenth grade and continuing through college, Spark offers a continuum of one-on-one mentoring, academic support, career preparation, and workforce development services. This intensive, long-term approach does wonders: 97% of students who have completed the high school mentoring program have enrolled in college and gone on to graduate at more than double the rate of their similarly-situated peers, prepared to be successful in their careers and to improve their economic security. A cap and gown – and a new beginning – are within reach.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: We partner with 20 private high schools in the DC metro area.
Awards & Recognition
Despite its relatively small size, the CPE program is gaining recognition for its quality programming and impressive outcomes.
In 2005, the Washingtonian magazine named CPE one of the top 40 nonprofit organizations in the city making a difference for young people.
In 2006, 2010, and 2014 the Catalogue for Philanthropy recommended CPE to its readers as one of the 10 best education charities in the area.
In 2011, Capital Partners for Education received Honorable Mention for The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Board Leadership Award.
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