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.


2018-2019 School and program partners

Edison High School: 

  • LEEF Biology

  • LEEF Chemistry

  • EASYpro (Edible Agriculture School Yard Professionals)

  • EEA (Edison Entrepreneurship Academy)

  • Global Communities

  • Work Based Learning

  • Waste Management

Roosevelt High School

  • RUF Squad (Roosevelt Urban Farm) Squad

Crossroads Elementary
Community School of Excellence
Northeast Middle School
Columbia Heights
Prairie View Elementary
Pillsbury Elementary
School of Environmental Studies
Southside Family Charter School
Integrated Arts Academy

MN American Indian Center
Columbia Heights Recreation Department

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: