The SPARK Center
The SPARK Center (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) provides child care and therapeutic programs for some of Boston’s highest-risk children, more than 100 each year. The center, in the low-income neighborhood of Mattapan, used to be called the Children’s AIDS Program, and some of the participants do have HIV/AIDS or are from families affected by HIV/AIDS. Happily today, fewer and fewer children are born with the virus, so SPARK has expanded its services to include children suffering from failure to thrive, developmental disabilities or abuse and neglect. A new group of fragile children, babies who were born too early and too small, are being cared for at The SPARK Center. Through day care, after-school programs, arts therapy, a drop-in program for teenagers, a summer camp program and mentoring, the center works to teach the skills and values to succeed in school and develop rewarding adult lives.
Learn more about the SPARK Center at their official website.