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Welcome to SPARK!

SPARK stands for Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge.  We are a lifelong learning organization that offers adult education classes and events for our members. We are a non-profit organization with over 200 members and an affiliate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. SPARK has been providing adult educational classes in the Kansas City area since 1993.

Who Are We?

SPARK is a group of active retirees with a passion for learning, meeting new people, sharing time and experiences, and pursuing an active stimulating life.

Participating in SPARK provides an opportunity for active retirees to continue to learn and expand their interests through classes, book groups, local tours and other activities offered throughout the year. SPARK is a volunteer organization that relies on the participation of members to promote and achieve its mission.

Classes

DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE RISKS OF COVID-19 TO OUR MEMBERS – CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. The health of our members is our top priority! We look forward to returning to our classroom as soon as it is advisable to do so.

SPARK’s philosophy since 1994 has been to provide  at a modest cost, learning and social experiences for participants. There are no prerequisites, test, or grades for the classes we offer.

Classes are held four quarters a year. Typically classes are ninety minutes to  two hours long and occur once per week for between two to six weeks. Generally there are eight offerings per quarter including our Kansas City Gems series. This unique series gives members the chance to explore six local area subjects presented by six different instructors and is different every quarter. In addition to classes, tours of interesting locations around the Kansas City area are offered each quarter. This varied and ever changing curriculum means that there is literally something for everyone! The SPARK Office and classrooms are located at 4825 Troost, Room 113 on the UMKC campus.