Microsoft Launches YouthSpark

Corporate Citizenship
Microsoft YouthSpark

Be the Spark of Change

  • Be the Spark of Change
    The world stands at a crossroads. While there are more young people on the planet than ever before, youth unemployment is double that of the adult population. Countries are struggling to develop modern workforces due to the growing gap between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills needed to perform the jobs of today and tomorrow.
    Today’s young people face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Closing this opportunity divide is one of the most important actions we can all take to secure the future of our youth and the future of our global economy.
    Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide initiative designed to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits and businesses, we aim to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. We want to empower youth to change their world.
    Explore YouthSpark
    The YouthSpark Hub is an online space to explore and access all the Microsoft programs and resources to help youth imagine and realize their full potential.
    Visit the YouthSpark Hub

    Imagine Cup
    The Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world. Students are challenged to apply their knowledge and passion to develop technical solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems.
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    Give for Youth
    This global micro-giving portal allows you to see, fund and follow the dreams of young people.
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    Microsoft DreamSpark
    If you can imagine it, you can create it. Students can gain access to Microsoft Software and Development Tools at no cost.
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    YouthSpark Hub Get on track for future innovation. 

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    Opportunity for Action

    Learn about the issues facing youth around the world in this International Youth Foundation report.

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    A Real Spark of Change
    Meet Mary Mwende, a young woman from Kenya whose experience gaining technology skills has helped her to realize new possibilities and give back to others. Microsoft YouthSpark aims to empower young people like Mary around the world.
    Watch the video

    Matching Opportunities
    There is a growing divide between young people who have access to skills and opportunities and those who don’t. Microsoft is addressing the divide with Microsoft YouthSpark.
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    Opportunity for Youth
    Across the globe, technology is changing what youth need to know to succeed in nearly any occupation. Microsoft YouthSpark provides the technology, resources and expertise that young people need to imagine and realize their dreams.
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