Many SparkPoint services are now available in-person and remote:
Financial Coaching: Virtual financial coaching appointments are available through Zoom and by phone. To schedule a financial coaching appointment or to learn more about available financial resources, please email Skyline Sparkpoint.
Food Pantry:To utilize this student focused, appointment-based grocery distribution, please use our online order form to make an appointment.
Free Drive-Thru Community Market: This weekly grocery distribution happens every Wednesday and will continue to operate until May 31st, 2023. Please call 650-738-7970 to check for weather closures. For information and assistance for other grocery assistance, please visit the Second Harvest Food Bank or call the Second Harvest Food Bank food connection hotline at 1-800-984-3663.
Poverty among service populations negatively impacts educational attainment at Skyline
Strategy / Overview:
SparkPoint at Skyline College is a one‐stop financial education and financial coaching
service center where clients bundle services
and resources to achieve self‐sufficiency and improved college access and completion.
Economic mobility results from improved credit scores, savings,
debt reduction and increased income. Impact supports regional UWBA goal to cut Bay
Area poverty by 50% by 2020.
Inputs: What it takes
A. Commitment and Vision of Executive Level Leadership
B. Strategic planning
C. Institutional effectiveness
Risk tolerant manager who
excels in organizational
Partnerships with community
based organizations, government
agencies, and foundations
Annie E. Casey (AEC) Centers for
Working Families Model
United Way of the Bay Area
Regional SparkPoint Network
A. Technical assistance
C. Impact | Scale
MDC | AEC National College
A. Technical assistance
B. Impact | Scale
Efforts to Outcomes Database to
Community informed cultural
Social justice framework
Outputs: Activities — Coaching and Bundling ≥ 2 Service Categories
Acquire Vocational Skills
Increase Education Level
Access Banking/Financial Products
Individual Development Accounts
Establish & Increase Credit Score
Manage Finances (Including Savings)
Education & Workshops
Advocate for Benefits
Obtain Academic Financial Aid
Obtain Affordable Housing
Outputs: Participation — Who we reach
Diverse population with
below the self-sufficiency
standard* for San Mateo County
Other San Mateo
* Self Sufficiency Standard, developed by the Insight Center for Community Economic
Development, accounts for geographic variation in the cost of living.
For San Mateo County that standard for a family of three = $72,863 in 2011.