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SPARROW is about empowering young people. We work throughout the Pacific Northwest, with particular interest in rural communities, to fulfill our mission of making a difference. We are listeners. We are teachers. We are researchers. We believe in love and compassionate service. We believe in hard work and accountability. We believe in you. No matter where you are, or what obstacle you are facing, we are here to do it with you. Let's get to work. 

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

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Our Mission and Vision


To create unity between individuals, families, and communities around the globe.


All young people regardless of ethnicity, identity, income, or community background having  access to personal and professional skills that allow them true agency and opportunities to be self reliant and to help those around them. 

Our Story

SPARROW was born from a dream and a desire to change the world. We want our 'nest' to be a place where kids, teens, and young adults discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives. We work out of Polk County, Oregon, helping everyone, but we specialize in helping those who feel stuck in the middle. We use our superpowers in curriculum design and youth counseling to create unique experiences tailored to help young people face their fears and to live a life full of wonder, hope, and hopefully some freaking joyful days. We know there is sadness, we are okay with that. Sadness reminds us we are human, but too much sadness is like sailing a leaky boat. There's a whole lot of life that needs living. We are here to help patch the boat and get you back on the adventure.

meet the team

We talk about our feelings. We dream big.

we believe people always come first

Tyler Thackeray
Executive ADvisor

Tyler moves and motivates SPARROW, connecting us with community partners, funding sources, industry professionals to serve our students and clients.


Slade is here to counsel and teach. He helps clients with anxiety, depression, self-confidence and self-compassion, and trauma. He also helps clients develop career and education plans that will allow clients to move from dreaming to doing.

Counseling Supervisor: 

Tony Lai


Who will our Next Team member BE?

Are you interested in supporting young people in their personal growth and development? SPARROW would love to talk with you. Send us a line and let's look into the future together.

Slade Thackeray,
Professional Counselor Associate

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