Fort Worth SPARC is a collaborative effort between the City of Fort Worth, FWISD, other area independent school districts, area after-school providers and prominent community leaders.

Thousands of children and teens of working parents across Tarrant County are left home alone after school or in the summer. The City of Fort Worth is teaming with local school districts, community leaders and after-school providers to Strengthen after-school Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration. “SPARC” is setting standards for after-school programs and making them available to parents and children across the area.

According to a 2011 census report, one in nine American students ages 5 to 14 are latchkey students. Some 4.5 million children were alone for an average of 6.5 hours every week in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available.


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OSTICON 2015 Annual Conference

OSTICON - Conference for the Out of School Time Provider

While OST programs were in full swing this summer, Fort Worth SPARC staff members and providers attended some professional development opportunities at the annual conference.  Fort Worth SPARC staff traveled to the OSTICON conference held in Grapevine Texas at the Gaylord Texan on June 24-26, 2015 to support Out of School Time (OST) initiatives across Texas.  This year’s breakout sessions covered STEM programming, family engagement, parent university, continuous improvement, making literacy an integral part of your program and quality recruitment and retention.

Fort Worth SPARC Stakeholder's meeting

Stakeholder's Meeting

On August 19, 2015, a Fort Worth SPARC Stakeholder’s meeting was held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center.  Thank you to all of our OST providers and community partners who came together to hear an update on SPARC initiatives.   Each of the stakeholders engaged in round table discussions to talk about their experiences with Fort Worth SPARC and how the network has been a resource to the OST providers.  Richard Zavala, Fort Worth Park and Recreation Director, and Barbara Williams, Fort Worth SPARC Board President, gave opening remarks and introduced special guests Pri

(L-R) Sandra Youngblood, Assistant Director, Fort Worth Park & Recreation, Jan Allen, Interim CEO of Fort Worth SPARC, & Sheri Endsley, District Superintendent, Fort Worth Park & Recreation

Fort Worth SPARC Hires Interim CEO

Jan Allen began her career as a University Development Officer where she learned the basics of fundraising. During the next 20 years she split her time between the nonprofit sector and various business ventures, serving in the capacities of Development Director, Executive Director and CEO, responsible for strategic planning, daily operations, fundraising and program development.  Jan spent over ten years as an independent consultant in San Diego, CA specializing in organizational audits, fund development, event management and community outreach.