Sparks has made a huge shift in their college going culture in their collaboration with GEAR UP. Sparks staff have organized themselves through their leadership team to continuously conduct a critical analysis of Sparks' strengths and weaknesses that is open and honest with a look towards equity and providing high quality education for ALL students. Sparks is also looking towards the future, both at their own growth and the growth of their community. By visiting other schools and offering their own school site as a model, Sparks seeks not only to learn and implement best practices, but also to share their lessons learned with other struggling communities. Sparks has created a college-going ecosystem that transcends their school boundaries and I believe they will be able to sustain the gains they have made through GEAR UP into the far future.