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
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.