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.

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 …

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 …

Help Sparks for Success!

Sparks for Success! begins our 7th year working with underserved children. These children suffer from traumas such as family incarceration and homelessness. They often get left behind because they are misunderstood or do not have services aimed at their difficulties. Sparks for Success! provides free Music Therapy, helping our students learn critical life skills and tools for success in school …

Guitar Center

Guitar Center Music Foundation awards Sparks for Success! with a generous in-kind grant! Sparks for Success! has been greatly blessed this fall. The Guitar Center Music Foundation awarded Sparks with a generous in-kind grant to supply all the instruments we need for our Music Therapy (MT) sessions. This had been a particularly difficult time due to the pandemic. In the past, Sparks …