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Communities across America have a problem.

As tradespeople are retiring and fewer youth are entering the trades, contractors and homeowners are facing a shortage of skills and experience. Now is the time for communities to mobilize to ensure the transfer of knowledge to the next generation. 

Industrial arts programs in middle and high schools are rare these days. In years past young students were introduced to vocations where they could enter the workforce without a college degree. The option to explore a life in the trades is missing for many American youth. 

SPARK is an annual event whose goal is to spark passion in hearts, minds and hands of young people by giving them hands-on experiences designed by tradespeople for individuals interested in exploring various trades.The mission of TradesUp is to cultivate a fresh generation of tradespeople by hosting interactive events, developing educational programs, and active community engagement. Martha’s Vineyard Builders Association has the distinct privilege of being first in an affiliate system where communities across the country can organize their own Spark event using the TradesUp brand and organizational tools. Martha's Vineyard's first Spark event will be held on OCTOBER 26, at the historic Ag Hall located in West Tisbury. 

Get involved with SparkMV

We invite you to join our efforts in planning and executing SparkMV, contributing your expertise to one of our five committees.  Committees will meet once a month on a date and time TBD by committee.

Become a presenter for SparkMV

If you are a tradesperson who loves their trade, we encourage you to register to become a SparkMV Presenter.  To learn more, visit HOW TO BECOME A PRESENTER

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For more information or to learn other ways to get involved, email


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