Clayco is marking the one-year anniversary of collaboration with Spark, a mentoring program for at-risk youth in Chicago. In order to assist the program in achieving its mission of re-engaging underserved seventh and eighth grade students Clayco provides these students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the construction industry.

“Being able to connect with these kids and really make a difference in their lives is rewarding enough,” said Robert G. Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco. “Seeing the impact that we can have on someone who may not be as fortunate as ourselves is well worth the time invested. We want to see these kids succeed.”

Spark seeks to better educate and equip these students with the tools to be successful in any professional setting. Cooperation between Spark and Clayco employees aims to achieve the goal of keeping these students on track while developing them for success through apprenticeships that uniquely combines mentoring, project-based learning, skill building and career exploration.

Most recently, Clayco provided mentoring services to five students from John Fiske Elementary over an eight-week period that saw these students grow in ways that will benefit them in the future.

In the upcoming months, Clayco will again mentor students from a local Chicago public school. These students will be given a direct mentor from Clayco in order to complete a project that will later be presented to the entire city at the Spark Discovery Day held each year in Daley Plaza.

For more information on the Spark program, please visit