The Significance of Black Music Month

What is Black Music Month? From hip-hop to jazz to soul to funk and blues, Black musicians and artists have created and expanded a variety of musical genres and popular songs that people across America have been inspired by for centuries. In recognition of the outstanding and creative contributions of Black and African American musicians, Black Music Month (also known …

Children of Inmates and PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the approximately 2.7 million children of inmates in the U.S. at a higher rate than their peers who do not have an incarcerated parent. Many children of inmates have witnessed acts of violence or experienced neglect as the result of parental confinement and separation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Sparks for Success! Receives Another WoodNext Grant!

The WoodNext Foundation has awarded Sparks for Success with a generous grant to provide Music Therapy sessions to more children in 2024. The WoodNext Foundation prioritizes the areas of mental health and homelessness that Sparks addresses as we work with our students. All of us at Sparks for Success are grateful to The WoodNext Foundation for their continued support of …

Sparks Hosts Chipotle Night Out

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for Chipotle Night! One of the attendees mentioned, “This is so much fun – we should do it again!” Another said they didn’t expect so many people to show up. Not only that, but several attendees stayed for nearly 2 hours. As a result, Sparks reached its goal; because of YOUR support, we …

New Podcast Episode with Hogg Foundation

Sparks for Success recently teamed up with UT Austin’s Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to discuss the traumas experienced by children of inmates and how Sparks For Success is helping them build their resilience. Check out the podcast episode here. Sparks’ introduction begins at 3:20.

Mental Health Day with Austin Achieve Schools!

Sparks for Success recently partnered with Austin Achieve schools during their Mental Health Day to help kids with pre-STAAR test anxiety by providing therapeutic, music-based activities. Four classes of children were assigned to participate in Sparks’ “music room” and enjoyed activities from waving scarves, to following the beat of a song using djembes (hand drums), to using their imagination while …

Sparks Celebrates World Music Therapy Week

Sparks for Success celebrated World Music Therapy Week from April 10-15, 2023, by recognizing our wonderful music therapists who work with our Sparks kiddos. A few of the skills they teach the students through the use of music are impulse control, turn-taking, identifying and expressing emotions appropriately, and interacting positively with others.

Igniting a Spark during Amplify Austin 2023

A big thank you to everyone who donated to Sparks for Success! during Amplify Austin 2023! Because of you, Sparks for Success! received a matching donation and is able to help even more kids benefit from music therapy classes! If you missed being able to contribute during Amplify Austin, you can donate here.

Sparks for Success Receives a Grant!

The WoodNext Foundation has awarded Sparks for Success! with a generous grant to provide Music Therapy sessions to more children during this school year. The WoodNext Foundation prioritizes the areas of Mental Health and Homelessness that Sparks addresses as we work with our students. All of us at Sparks for Success! are grateful to The WoodNext Foundation for their support …