WHAT IS THE SPARK CENTER?

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We surveyed our students and found out 88% do not have a safe space that is conducive to learning after-school and on weekends, and they’re hungering for more experiential learning. So we created The Spark Center, a student-led, global meeting space for sparking young minds. Located at the intersection of Culture, Technology and Education, it is a hub for inspiring ideas; igniting imaginations and shifting paradigms to unleash the potential for the next gen of disruptive innovators…The Disruptivators.

Disruptor + Innovator = Disruptivator

Initiated by our desire to spark more young minds, it’s a student-led, safe space where youth convene to learn, innovate and evolve.  It’s free to all high school youth who’ve participated in any UNL program. Located adjacent to our administrative offices in midtown Atlanta, it’s easily accessible to our students and our community volunteers.

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THE VISION

To be the center of excellence in exploratory innovative learning for youth on their journey to becoming the next generation of global leaders.

THE SPACE

The UNL Spark Center will be made up of 5 unique rooms

THE HANGAR:

A training space for UNL Academy classes, Music 101 Classes, ACT/SAT prep, speakers, tutoring, mentoring, poetry slams, etc.

THE UNL CAFE:

A social gathering hub for foodies. A place for students to create, taste and test new culinary creations.

THE SPARK TANK:

An incubator for testing new concepts, contemplating issues and developing culturally relevant solutions.

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STUDIO B4:

A green screen room for videographers, photographers and digital content creators. Visual storytelling and online media hub.

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THE GAME LOFT:

A space for interactive design, testing of games and apps, hackathons and other mind building competitions.

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OUR MISSION

 To develop global youth leaders by equipping students with the necessary tools to shape their futures, solve their challenges and build stronger communities.

PROVEN SUCCESS

 UNL works with youth from underserved schools and communities.  Over 42,000 students reached, 100% UNL Academy students graduate high school, and 98% go on to college or career.

OUR SECRET SAUCE

We meet students where they are.  We use a peer-to-peer training model.  We connect the disconnected.

Become an Investor

To invest in The Spark Center, please click the donate button below, or contact jsmith@ushersnewlook.org to learn how you can HELP US #StartTheSpark!

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