The Microsoft YouthSpark initiative is a program that seeks to partner with non-profits, governments, and other social stakeholders in an effort to create opportunities for 300 million youth through a range of global programs. The program at its core is about youth empowerment through education, employment and entrepreneurship.
One of the areas the company is hoping to tackle is global unemployment. One of the figures reflects that the unemployment rate for those younger than 25 is 12.7 percent. The population of the youth around the world is growing each day and so is the divide. Microsoft has launched a series of specifically targeted programs to provide the youth with learning tools. For instance: the Students to Business program that matches university students with jobs or internships in the technology industry.
The Microsoft News Center explains the muscle the company from Redmond is putting behind the program:
Through Microsoft YouthSpark, the company will dedicate the majority of its cash contributions to nonprofits that serve the youth population around the world. In addition, Microsoft YouthSpark will include Office 365 for education, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world.
You can find the full list of programs at the YouthSpark Hub. According to Microsoft, this goes beyond doling our cash and resources as a better education will help the youth master their future and ultimately help the global economy.
Source: Microsoft News Center