Strengthening Programs

Through Advocacy,

Resources and Collaboration

A Mayor’s Vision:

SPARC Ignites Fort Worth’s

Afterschool Programs

When Mayor Price is finished with SPARC (Strengthening Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration), Fort Worth families will have a new resource for locating quality programs for their children when they are not in school. Ask any busy parent, and they can tell you how challenging it can be to find programs and activities before, after or during extended breaks.

Welcome Judy Perez, Director of Programs

As most are aware and for the last several weeks, Fort Worth SPARC has been engaged in the recruitment and selection process for a Program Director.  The process was extensive and highly competitive with many qualified candidates.  Recently, the hiring committee made a selection and it is my pleasure to announce that Judy Perez will be joining Fort Worth SPARC on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

in the position of Director of Programs.


Judy Perez will become Fort Worth SPARC's Director of Programs on September 2, 2014.

Councilman Sal Espino Takes Part in National League of Cities Afterschool Video

March 20, 2014

The National League of Cities (NLC), headquartered in Washington, D.C., recently produced an informational video, which featured mayors and city council members from around the country speaking about their commitment to quality afterschool initiatives. Fort Worth's Salvador Espino, District 2 Councilmen, is featured in the video.


A slightly revised video was showcased at NLC’s  national conference March 10, 2014 at a general session in front of more than 2000 people. It was also shown at the Afterschool Policy Advisors’ Network (APAN) Luncheon meeting.

Major funding for SPARC! is provided by the Wallace Foundation.