YouthSpark Stars

See how young people around the world have reached new heights through Microsoft YouthSpark programs.

YouthSpark Stars

Lorenzo Dente

YouthSpark Grant

This Italian entrepreneur turned his love for the environment into a plan to clean up his community.

Victoria Tran

TEALS

This high school student discovered her love of programming and is now passing it on to her peers.

Cerith Rhys Jones

Cerith Rhys Jones

Local Language Program

This Welsh university student is using Microsoft language technology to help revitalize his mother tongue.

Siwon Choi

Siwon Choi

Imagine Cup

This Korean Imagine Cup winner is now CEO of a tech solutions startup that aims to solve real world problems.

Dennis Anning

Dennis Anning

YouthSpark Grant

Intensive business and skills training helped this young woodworker devise a plan to become an entrepreneur.

Terrence Thompson

Terrence Thompson

Year Up

Skills training led this young Chicagoan from his job as a grocery store clerk to a corporate career in IT.

Genevieve L’Esperance

Genevieve L’Esperance

YouthSpark Advisor, Microsoft Research

This Canadian university student discovered her love of programming as a teen and is now passing it on to other young girls.

Edouard Wawra

Edouard Wawra

BizSpark

This Italian entrepreneur went from student to CEO when he united with other young people to create a popular gaming company.

Delaney Brown

Delaney Brown

We Day, YouthSpark Reporter

This young photographer is finding ways to blend technology and journalism with her commitment to helping others.

Challenge for Change winners

Challenge for Change winners

Challenge for Change

Christina, Brian, Meghan, Adam, and Sneha journeyed to Kenya to learn how innovation can solve local and global issues.

Team Cipher256

Team Cipher256

Imagine Cup Grants

These Ugandan university students won an Imagine Cup Grant for their device to improve maternal health.

Ranjeet Kumar

Ranjeet Kumar

YouthSpark Grant

Ranjeet traveled miles to take technology classes and now supports his family with the income from his own mobile repair shop in India.

Domineisha Edwards

Domineisha Edwards

YouthSpark on GlobalGiving

Crowd funding helped this South Central Los Angeles youth get one step closer to realizing her dreams.

Team Quad Squad

Team Quad Squad

Imagine Cup

Ukrainian students Valeriy, Maxim, Anton, and Anton invented gloves that turn sign language into spoken word.

Yutiao Wang

Yutiao Wang

YouthSpark Grant

Rural Chinese youth Yutiao traveled far to take free computer-skills classes in Beijing so she could create a better future for herself.

Kodu Kup Winners

Kodu Kup Winners

Kodu Kup

Holly, Shauna, and Kayleigh, who attend school in a small Welsh village, created a game that won the United Kingdom Kodu Kup.

Mary Mwende

Mary Mwende

YouthSpark Grant

From the slums of Kenya, to being named the most accomplished student in her university’s graduating class, technology changed Mary’s life.

Challenge for Change Winners

Ifrah Abshir

TEALS

This Seattle high school student discovered her love of programming during a zero period computer science class.

John-Son Oei

John-Son Oei

YouthSpark Live

This Malaysian entrepreneur united with other young business people to create a company that builds homes for villagers who are poor.

Felix Guttbier

Felix Guttbier

DreamSpark

This 14-year-old tech genius has his own website, built several phone apps, and shared the stage with the German chancellor at a tech conference.

Jeremy Moore

Jeremy Moore

TEALS

Microsoft engineers are teaching young people around the United States how to code. Read how computer science changed this Kentuckian’s life.

Josinaldo da Silva Batista

Josinaldo da Silva Batista

YouthSpark Grant

Living on $50 a month, rural Brazilian Josinaldo found new opportunity for himself and his family through a tech skills and training program.

Maya Burhanpurkar

Maya Burhanpurkar

YouthSpark Live

This 14-year-old Canadian is an avid researcher who is passionate about science and has already developed a prototype for an antibiotic.

Riri Kawakubo

Riri Kawakubo

Digital Youth

This 22-year-old from Tokyo received mentoring from Microsoft and is building a social networking app for Windows Phone.

Muriel Surmley

Muriel Surmely

YouthSpark Grant

Muriel was a high school dropout until she went through intense web development training and landed a job at Microsoft France.

Johnnie Lovett

Johnnie Lovett

YouthSpark Live

This South Chicago native turned his love for fashion design and entrepreneurism into a budding career.

Basem Helmy

Basem Helmy

Microsoft Student Partners

Basem organized a TEDx event at which young people were able to share ideas about how technology could aid in re-building Egypt.

Basque Microsoft Interns

Basque Microsoft Interns

Microsoft Internship Program

Sixteen young people from Basque Country gained professional experience abroad as paid interns in Microsoft offices throughout Europe.

Johnnie Lovett

Abril Vela

DigiGirlz

This high school senior in Chicago is inspiring other young women to apply their talents to technology and science.