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Project SPARC

The CalWORKs Association has received a generous grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation for a two-year project that will put CalWORKs students at the center of reimagining both the community college and welfare systems.

If education and public assistance are vehicles which move populations forward, toward self-empowerment and economic justice, then Project SPARC is an unprecedented opportunity to put parenting CalWORKs students in the driver’s seat.

Using Human-Centered Design, parenting CalWORKs students will conduct their own research regarding conditions and barriers within the public assistance and college systems, they will design solutions that make sense to the families living within those systems, they will prototype, redesign, and, finally, advocate for the implementation of a set of five recommendations to systems leaders and policy-makers.

Project SPARC is intended reduce poverty among families of parenting college students and increase transfers and degrees. Ultimately, this work has the potential to increase economic justice for California’s families and to reduce the wage gap for women in California.


Project SPARC Links


Watch the Project SPARC Kick-Off Video


Project SPARC is made possible through a generous grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Blue Shield of California Foundation supports lasting and equitable solutions to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence. When we work together to remove the barriers to health and well-being, especially for Californians most affected, we can create a more just and equitable future. For more information, visit: http://www.blueshieldcafoundation.org.

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