Microsoft YouthSpark

Our commitment to empower
300 million young people
with opportunities for education,
employment, and entrepreneurship.

YouthSpark

A year of helping young people create and capture opportunity

Today's youth face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. With more than 75 million unemployed youth around the world, we must work together to close this divide in order to secure the future of our youth, and of our global economy.

Last year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth over three years. Through 30+ programs and partnerships with 186 youth-serving nonprofits, in its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries around the world. Although there is much still to do, we're inspired by what we've seen: young people taking the lead in changing not only their lives but the lives of other around them, making a real impact in their local communities and on the global stage.

Explore this site to see how young people around the world are seizing opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for all of us.

YouthSpark Grants

Microsoft provides cash grants to eligible organizations whose missions and activities support youth development. For more information, see our Nonprofit FAQ.

Microsoft also donates software and services to a broad array of eligible nonprofit organizations. Visit our software donation page for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Click the map below to explore YouthSpark stories from around the world.

YouthSpark Hub

YouthSpark Hub

Explore the YouthSpark programs and resources that are helping young people around the world.

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                    Star Domineisha

YouthSpark Star Domineisha

Domineisha secured a nursing internship with the help of our crowd funding program.

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                    Star Genevieve

YouthSpark Star Genevieve

This Canadian university student is passing on her love of programming to high school girls.

Microsoft Executive VP Brad Smith celebrates the global launch of YouthSpark
Participants in YouthSpark's Innovate for Good Brazil use Gorilla Glass
Laureen Harper, at the launch of YouthSpark Canada

Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny marks the launch of Microsoft Ireland's YouthSpark program
Good social entrepreneur workshop introduces Thai youth to technologies
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with UK PM David Cameron to launch Microsoft YouthSpark's Get On program
At the launch of YouthSpark Japan, the Windows in the Classroom program enables students to use Surface
A volunteer from the Microsoft YouthSpark TEALS teaches computer science to high school students

A Microsoft employee teaches online safety to schoolchildren in Rotselaar, Belgium

Lori Harnick, Microsoft's General Manager of Citizenship and Public affairs, announces the YouthSpark initiative in China
College students on Imagine Cup Team Cipher256 from Uganda celebrate their winning mobile app that helps expectant mothers
Young people from Microsoft YouthSpark nonprofit partner Year Up perform a flashmob
Microsoft YouthSpark partners with the Dream and Achieve program In France
An immersive classroom to experience hands-on learning through Microsoft technologies
An immersive classroom where students use Kodu
Young women dive into Sat the DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
An Imagine Cup team of college students in Russia
Microsoft's Shape the Future program in the UK aims to put a personal computing device in the hands of every student
Through strategic nonprofit partnerships in India, Microsoft YouthSpark empowers women with IT skills in India
Julia Tollin of Microsoft YouthSpark nonprofit partner Junior Achievement Sweden
A student uses Microsoft Xbox Kinect to demonstrate gesture-based learning
A young Ukrainian entrepreneur from a winning Imagine Cup team travels to Silicon Valley
Through YouthSpark, Microsoft Windows, and the Chip In campaign, student interns with Year Up Chicago received free laptops
Chart-topping hip hop artist Macklemore celebrates We Day Seattle, an event sponsored by Microsoft YouthSpark to encourage 15,000 youth to make positive change
YouthSpark reporters document We Day Seattle to speak to 15,000 young people about what inspires them to be a part of building better futures for all
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited Italy to meet with customers, partners and employees while taking stock of the results achieved and the opportunities created in Italy through the YouthSpark program. During 2013 about 25,000 young Italians have been trained through YouthSpark's various initiatives and more than 500,000 Italian youth joined Microsoft YouthSpark.