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Ask.com Lights a Spark in Oakland!

By askdotcom // May 30th, 2014

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Since 2012, Ask.com has worked with our program, Spark, to bring underserved middle school students out of the classroom and into the workplace. Our goal is to partner students with volunteers for individualized mentoring, which allows students to explore a variety of careers in a fun and hands-on experience! 

Susan Salop, VP of International Operations at Ask.com, initially brought Spark and Ask together in a partnership that has been a huge success. Susan recently attended our Spark “National Strategy Day” in San Francisco, an event that brings together board members, partners and funders for a day of learning, conversation and networking. 

On a panel during this event, Susan shared the story of Ask.com’s support of our program: “While Spark had grown in San Francisco, bringing the program to Oakland in 2012 was a challenge as Oakland lacks the volume of corporate offices that are so plentiful in San Francisco.” When Ask and Spark came together, Ask became one of Spark’s largest mentor sources in the Bay Area. “In fact,” Susan explained, “the demand for Ask.com employees to volunteer as mentors outweighed the number of eligible students in the company’s first session!” 

In addition to her participation in National Strategy Day, Susan is also a mentor in our Spark program. She says she is “personally committed to expanding Spark’s reach, especially at tech companies in Oakland.” Susan recently mentored Axel, a 7th grader at Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland, and loved bringing students into the Ask.com headquarters! 

Ask.com is an anchor of support for our program,” said Kim Davis Charlot, Spark San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director. “Spark changes lives. With the visionary support from Ask.com and other companies, in the 2013-2014 school year Spark was able to enroll 235 Bay Area students in this transformational program.” 

A big thanks to Susan and her team at Ask.com for being such an essential part of spreading Spark throughout the Bay Area! 

- Sara Draffin, Spark San Francisco Bay Area Program Director

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Regift

By askdotcom // September 23rd, 2013

The new school year is well under way here in the States and in countries all over the world. Unfortunately, not every student has access to the resources that help make the most educational impact. Recently, the Ask.com IT team was preparing some outdated laptops for our e-waste disposal service when an awesome opportunity came along.

We found out about the Uganda Mission Support Project and students at the Zana Christian School in Kampala, Uganda who had two computers for the 85 students to learn computer skills. Looking at the 29 laptops we were about to throw away, it was a no-brainer to wipe them clean and ship them to the school – who would otherwise pay upwards of $700 for an unreliable computer that would crash within 6 months.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a big difference in someone’s lives and we’re glad to see the students in Kampala, Uganda already putting those laptops to good use!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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The Right Tools for the Job

By askdotcom // August 6th, 2013

School is just around the corner! Ask employees wanted to make sure every student has an awesome first day and has what they need to be successful in the year ahead. The Family Giving Tree’s Back Pack Drive was a perfect solution! 

Shopping carts, backpacks and boxes were loaded up with all the goodies a kid could want for the new school year. Together we met our commitment and helped more than 30 students with backpack donations!

Here’s to a productive school year! 

-          Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Talking Education

By askdotcom // July 22nd, 2013

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting 10 students from Oakland’s Urban Promise Academy at our offices. Several employees shared their educational and career paths with students to underline the importance of education in building the career of their dreams. A tour of the office, lunch and a photo booth session closed out the day.  

The future looks bright! 

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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