YouthSpark in Action

See how young people around the world are finding opportunities through Microsoft YouthSpark programs.

YouthSpark in Action

“We’re mobilizing our company to create opportunities for youth.”

–Steve Ballmer, announcing the launch of YouthSpark

Check out the photos to see how YouthSpark is bringing opportunity to millions of young people around the world.

Through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, YouthSpark will reach hundreds of millions of youth. Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith celebrates the global launch of YouthSpark with our City Year partners.

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  • YouthSpark global

    Through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, YouthSpark will reach hundreds of millions of youth. Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith celebrates the global launch of YouthSpark with our City Year partners.

  • YouthSpark Participants

    Participants in Microsoft YouthSpark's Innovate for Good Brazil use Gorilla Glass to imagine how they can help solve pressing problems in their communities.

  • YouthSpark Canada

    At the launch of YouthSpark Canada, Laureen Harper, wife of the Prime Minister of Canada, looks on as a young woman demonstrates Microsoft Surface.

  • YouthSpark

    Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny marks the launch of Microsoft Ireland's YouthSpark program, a €6 million investment in Ireland's youth.

  • YouthSpark Thailand

    At the Microsoft YouthSpark launch in Thailand, an Innovate for Good social entrepreneur workshop introduces Thai youth to technologies that will help them spark change.

  • Microsoft YouthSpark

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visits UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street to launch Microsoft YouthSpark's Get On program.

  • YouthSpark Japan

    At the launch of Microsoft YouthSpark Japan, the Windows in the Classroom program enables students to use Surface to enhance and demonstrate their learning.

  • YouthSparks Volunteer

    A volunteer from the Microsoft YouthSpark TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program teaches computer science to high school students.

  • YouthSparks teachers

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

  • YouthSpark China

    Lori Harnick, Microsoft's General Manager of Citizenship and Public affairs, announces the YouthSpark initiative in China.

  • YouthSpark Winners

    College students on Microsoft Imagine Cup Team Cipher256 from Uganda celebrate their winning mobile application that helps expectant mothers.

  • YouthSpark nonprofit partner

    Young people from Microsoft YouthSpark nonprofit partner Year Up perform a flashmob in central Seattle, drawing attention to the opportunity divide facing young people.

  • YouthSpark partners in France

    In France, Microsoft YouthSpark partners with the Dream and Achieve program (Rêve et Réalise), supporting youth ages 16 to 25 in their efforts to become social entrepreneurs.

  • YouthSpark learning program in France

    As part of our Partners in Learning program, the Microsoft campus in France developed an immersive classroom. Teachers bring their classes to experience hands-on learning through Microsoft technologies like Gorilla Glass.

  • YouthSpark in France Campus

    At the immersive classroom on the Microsoft France campus, students use Kodu, a simple visual programming language that lets children create games for PCs and XBox.

  • YouthSpark summer programme

    Young women dive into science, technology, engineering, and math at the DigiGirlz High Tech Camp, a YouthSpark summer program at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, that introduces girls to career pathways in these fields.

  • college students in russia

    An Imagine Cup team of college students in Russia brainstorms about how they will use technology to solve some of the world's toughest problems.

  • Microsoft UK programme

    Microsoft's Shape the Future program in the UK aims to put a personal computing device in the hands of every student in the country.

  • YouthSpark Women empowering

    Through strategic nonprofit partnerships in India, Microsoft YouthSpark empowers women with IT skills that lead to employment opportunities.

  • Julia Tollin

    Julia Tollin of Microsoft YouthSpark nonprofit partner Junior Achievement Sweden energizes a group of youth from across four Nordic countries. At this Innovate for Good event, youth developed their creative, world-changing visions into viable social ventures.

  • YouthSpark Bulgaria

    At the launch of YouthSpark Bulgaria, a student uses Microsoft Xbox Kinect to demonstrate gesture-based learning to Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

  • German entrepreneur with imagine cup

    A young Ukrainian entrepreneur from a winning Imagine Cup team travels to Silicon Valley to demonstrate gloves that translate sign language into speech.

  • free laptops from Microsoft

    Through YouthSpark, Microsoft Windows, and the Chip In campaign, student interns with Year Up Chicago received free laptops.

  • We Day Seattle

    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.

  • YouthSparks Reporters document

    Microsoft YouthSpark reporters document We Day Seattle and take the stage to speak to 15,000 young people about what inspires them to be a part of building better futures for all.

  • Steve Ballmer

    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.

Microsoft YouthSpark

Microsoft YouthSpark

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YouthSpark Stars

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