Spark-Y School Programs

Hands-on class programming


Before being in a Spark-Y program 41% of students thought they could change the world. After completing a Spark-Y program 94% of students thought they could change the world.

Spark-Y integrates sustainable projects into classrooms, schools, and elective programs providing experiential education for youth throughout the Twin Cities. Our model is to pair hands-on agriculture systems, such as aquaponics, with curriculum focused on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

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72% of our program participants qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

  • Spark-Y school programs serve elementary, junior, and high school youth.

  • Engagement spans weekly and bi-weekly facilitation to daily elective courses.

  • Programming is facilitated by Spark-Y action educators.

  • Our programs fit the format and goals of each school partner.


2019-2020 School and program partners

Crossroads Elementary School
Northeast Middle School
BEST Academy 
Roosevelt High School: 
- Roosevelt Urban Farm (RUF) Squad
- Credit Recovery
Edison High School 
- Leef Biology
- EasyPro
- Leef Chemistry
- Leef Physics
- DCD Waste Management
- Art and The Environment
- Work-Based Learning
- Career Readiness Seminar
- Credit Recovery 
Prairie View Elementary 
Pillsbury Elementary 
Columbia Heights High School 
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Integrated Arts Academy 
School of Environmental Science
Hill Murray
South Side Family Charter
Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion School
FAIR School
Patrick Henry High School 
Harold Mezile North Community YMCA

If you are interested in partnering with Spark-Y, please use the School Partnership Request form at the bottom of this page.

I absolutely loved working with all of the education facilitators I had the opportunity to work with and would do so again in a heartbeat.
— Minneapolis teacher / program partner

What's New in School Programs:

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Featured School Program: Edison High School

Spark-Y has partnered with Edison High School to serve over 250 students in elective classes, work based learning, and after school programming. The mission of these programs is to empower youth to take an active role in their education, community, and future. Through this partnership, we offer students a rare opportunity to experience learning through hands-on, engaging, and innovative curriculum. The majority of programming at Edison is woven into their Green Campus initiative; to improve environmental outcomes on-site at Edison. Spark-Y teaches STEM subjects through exciting and engaging real-world projects that deliver measurable environmental outcomes.

Learn more about Spark-Y at Edison High School, here

Related Article: “Revisiting Edison High School’s Cutting-Edge ‘Green Campus,’ Two Years Later”

Get to Know our EDUCATION Program Director


Cecelia Watkins serves as the Education Director for Spark-Y overseeing the educational programming at each of our partner schools and in the broader community. Her goal is to match Spark-Y programming with what school and community partners want to achieve, ultimately producing empowered students, supported teachers and sustainable campuses.

Interested teachers and school leaders can connect with Cecelia via email at if they'd like to talk about greening their campus, providing youth programming in sustainability and entrepreneurship, or STEM professional development opportunities.

School partnership request form:

Interested in providing your school or organization with sustainable, hands-on education for youth?  
Fill out our partnership request form and we will gladly get in touch with you: