SPARC is Students Preventing violence And Reclaiming Community, a youth-led prevention initiative of The Women’s Community. SPARC seeks to empower youth to engage in activism, change the culture of dating and sexual violence, and uplift youth voice across Marathon County. Students will be educated about healthy relationships, consent, social justice, and advocacy, and will be trained to act as peer resources within their schools and communities to bring awareness to these issues and how they intersect. Students will be compensated at $10 per hour for their work in the group. Apply via Google Docs at the link below.
SPARC is funded by Dani’s Journey Education Fund, in partnership with The Women’s Community. While in high school, Dani Volkman found herself in an unhealthy relationship. Dani turned to huffing as a coping skill and as a result her life ended too soon, she was only 16. Her parents, Marc and Kathy Volkman, founded the Dani’s Journey Education Fund in her honor to educate teens in Marathon County on the warning signs of abusive relationships, and to create awareness around dating violence, healthy relationships, and the issues that teens are faced with when dealing with abuse. SPARC elevates this work to the next level by educating and empowering Marathon County youth to speak up and change the culture of violence in their own communities and schools.
Further information about Dani’s Journey and the Dani’s Journey Education Fund: https://danisjourney.org/