The Spark Program online course teaches the basics of business and entrepreneurship to young adults with developmental disabilities. Students take assessments to identify their interests and strengths and choose their own unique business idea to explore throughout the course.
The 8-week course consists of more than 100 video lessons and activities that teach the business concepts of customers, competition, price, and revenue. Students learn basic business etiquette and how to talk with others about their business idea.
97 Individual Business Ideas
14 Entrepreneur Guest Speakers
We are proud to have empowered so many individuals with disabilities with our fun, interactive Kindling Workshops this year. Thanks largely to a generous award from Autism Speaks, we were able to host Kindling Workshops in cities across the U.S. In each location, students create their own popcorn business determining their customers, competitors, and competitive advantage. This exercise teaches the basics of business development while encouraging teamwork and creativity. They also practice business etiquette and take individual assessments to help them think about the business ideas they want to pursue in the future. We are looking forward to hosting more Kindling Workshops in 2017!
8 Spark Partners
32 trained Spark Certified Instructors
Last year, we began our partnerships with schools and organizations to provide The Spark Program for students with developmental disabilities. At the end of 2015, we had 2 partners. This year, we are thrilled to be working with 8 new organizations in 5 states. Our growing list of partners allows us to impact the lives of hundreds of young adults with developmental disabilities.
It’s that time of year again! Today is #GivingTuesday and you can help us Celebrate the Season by giving to our holiday fundraising campaign. Last year we received over $10,000 from our generous donors and hope to raise $15,000 this year. 2016 has been one of huge change and expansion for Celebrate EDU. For starters, we changed our organization name to be more inclusive of all disabilities and we have expanded our partnerships into 6 different states, impacting hundreds of lives. None of what we do would be possible without the support of our friends, family, and generous donors. We are grateful for all who have helped us on our mission to change lives. We can’t wait to see the impact we will make in 2017!
We are thrilled to announce that we have received an award from Autism Speaks to put on 10 Kindling Workshops in 10 cities around the United States!
The goal of this partnership is to reach 150 young adults with developmental disabilities through our workshops while also spreading awareness about the value of entrepreneurship education through the informational sessions we are also hosting in each city.
We are so grateful for this opportunity and hope to see you in while we’re on the road! Check out our schedule here.
Congratulations, Thomas Jefferson High School’s SPED Teachers, for completing The Spark Program Training!
Denver Public School District is now offering The Spark Program at selected High School Special Education and Transition Programs. This month we had the pleasure of spending the day with a group of passionate and innovative teachers who will be teaching their students the fundamentals of business through the process of entrepreneurship. During the course of the program, students will come up with their own business idea and develop a business model, while improving their self-awareness, communication, job readiness, and problem- solving skills.
Are you interested in becoming a Spark School? Contact us here to learn more.
We are now enrolling for our Fall 2016 Spark Program. If you are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, starting your own business, or improving your employability skills, The Spark Program is for you!
Apply here by September 16th
Program dates: September 19th – December 4th
We are happy to have been asked to offer the session “Sparking Brighter Futures Through Entrepreneurial Education at the 2016 Think Big Conference. Hosted by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment the annual conference is an opportunity for workforce, education, and human service professionals to learn new ways to help youth overcome barriers, set education and career goals, and transition to adulthood and independence.
Jenny was joined by her brother Brent as they shared the impact that self-employment and entrepreneurship has made of Brent’s life. Brent is the author of Unintentional Humor© and a popular inspirational speaker.
Here are a few highlights from their presentation…
85% of adults with disabilities are unemployed. People with disabilities are 2x more likely to be self-employed than the general population. Lack of training and education are common barriers to self-employment.
Entrepreneurial training has a vast array of benefits including improvement in:
- Academic performance
- Job readiness
- Social development
- School attendance
- Interpersonal relationships
- Leadership skills
Want to learn more about the benefits of entrepreneurial education, overcoming barriers, and why we do what we do? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever wondered how you can help people find the path for their future? Have you worked with individuals struggling with the transition to adulthood? Have you encountered young adults who don’t have the tools to pursue employment? Becoming a Spark Certified Instructor that can teach entrepreneurship and self-employment could be the solution.
Our new and improved training program helps service providers become fully equipped in the skills to teach The Spark Program and develop entrepreneurial ideas. Becoming a Spark Certified Instructor (SCI) will give you all of the tools you need to guide students through The Spark Program and change the future for individuals with disabilities.
Learn more about becoming a Spark Certified Instructor here.
We are excited to announce that we are now offering a new program called a Kindling Workshop! It is a one-day fun and interactive introduction to entrepreneurship. We hosted one this month in partnership with the Broomfield Workforce Center. Here is a breakdown of what the workshop entails:
In the morning, students work in small groups to design a simple popcorn business determining their business name, logo, customers, competition, competitive advantage, and how to talk about their business idea. We also have an entrepreneur come and share their real-life experiences.
In the afternoon, students work through business etiquette practicing handshakes, and understanding the Do’s and Don’ts of interacting with business contacts. Then, they complete an entrepreneurial traits assessment and interest survey. This helps them think about entrepreneurship as a possibility for their future and introduces a few business ideas they could pursue.
If you are interested in hosting a Kindling Workshop at your school or organization, learn more here.