Leveraging our twenty years of youth engagement expertise, SPARK curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of youth affected by foster care.

SPARK Youth Curriculum

FosterClub’s SPARK curriculum is built for young people, powered by young people, and founded on our evidence-supported and trauma-informed framework.

​​​​​​​SPARK is an acronym for the five competencies we seek to build in young people. 

SPARK curriculum equips young people and supportive adults with tools to reduce the impact of trauma, enhance resilience, and improve outcomes for foster youth.

Quick Info About SPARK Youth Curriculum

Facilitated by near-peer leaders with coaching from one or more supportive adults to form healthy youth-adult partnerships

A guide for crowdsourcing information – ensuring diverse and equitable information sharing

Strengths-based to promote self-determination and jumpstart intrinsic motivation to increase capacity to improve longer term outcomes

Flexible enough to meet the needs of youth at various developmental stages and abilities

Trauma-informed by meeting youth where they are in healing from trauma

Five SPARK Competencies

Story of Self / Personal Narrative

  • Ability to tell parts of one’s story to protect self and others 
  • Ability to engage story to create connection and change 
  • Articulation of healing journey as a youth who experienced foster care 
  • Ability to shift from victim to survivor to thriver mindset


  • Ability to shift from recipient of service to serving others using lived experience
  • Advocacy capacity to change the system and link with others to achieve meaningful goals  


  • Ability to trust others, as appropriate and increased boundary-setting capacity 
  • Increased readiness for supportive peer and a strong social network
  • Increase readiness for meaningful, intergenerational family-like relationships with supportive adults 


  • Articulate how trauma influences behaviors, attitudes, and responses to situations 
  • Increased coping and conflict-resolution skills 

Knowledge of the System

  • Increased knowledge of resources and how to access available resources for youth in foster care
  • Increased understanding of community, legal, and federal policies related to child welfare 
  • Understanding of how foster care system design may have influenced outcomes of one’s case 
  • Understanding of the child welfare system and how it intersects with other systems

Implementation Examples

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