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Spark Your Summer Series 2024

A photo from Spark 2023 where an instructor is guiding participants in hand tool use.

The Capital Area STEM Network Center is excited to announce the return of the Spark Your Summer program, designed to empower and uplift single mothers, particularly those within the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) demographic. This initiative is a collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s STEM Team and East Baton Rouge Parish Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). This year's program will be held at the Greenwell Springs Branch Library on July 20 and July 27, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with lunch included. Participants will receive hands-on training in essential skills such as hand tools, automotive care, basic electricity, and HVAC systems. Each session includes lunch and engaging STEM activities for children.


Spark Your Summer aims to foster self-sufficiency by equipping single mothers with critical knowledge and practical skills. On July 20, attendees will learn the basics of using hand tools and gain hands-on experience in automotive maintenance, covering routine checks and simple repairs. On July 27, the focus will shift to understanding and managing basic electrical issues and maintaining heating and cooling systems at home. This comprehensive training builds technical skills and also boosts the confidence of participants to handle common household challenges independently.


Recognizing the unique challenges faced by single mothers, especially the lack of childcare, Spark Your Summer incorporates STEM activities for children. While mothers participate in training sessions, their kids will engage in age-appropriate STEM projects, ensuring a fun and educational experience for the entire family.


The success of Spark Your Summer is largely due to the dedication of our expert instructors from CTEC- their commitment to sharing knowledge has created a lasting impact. Special thanks to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library team and our CTEC instructors Debra Taylor, Bruce Williams, Jeff Maruschak, and Ron Parish, for their invaluable contributions. We invite single mothers in the community to join us for this empowering series. By participating in Spark Your Summer, you’ll gain essential skills, meet supportive peers, and enjoy a day of learning and fun with your children. Ready to spark your summer? Register now by scanning the QR code on the flyer.

We look forward to seeing you at the Greenwell Springs Branch Library for Spark Your Summer 2024!