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.
In 2012, we announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth by 2015.
Through 30+ programs and partnerships with more than 350 youth-serving nonprofits, at the close of its second year Microsoft YouthSpark
has created new opportunities for more than 227 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.
Microsoft provides cash grants to eligible organizations whose missions and activities
support youth development. For more information, see our
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.