Microsoft YouthSpark at We Day

We’re proud to partner with Free the Children to sponsor We Day in California and Seattle.

YouthSpark at We Day

The Power of We

In just a few years, the We Day movement has had a profound impact on millions of young people – mobilizing them to take action to improve their communities and the world.

We Day is an initiative of Free The Children. It is a concert, a rally, and a celebration of a movement to inspire and encourage young people to serve their communities and work together to make the world a better place.

Last year, Microsoft was proud to bring We Day to the United States for the first time. We saw first-hand how We Day and We Act inspire young people to be the change they want to see in the world. Based on the impact we saw, we have committed to helping bring the movement to even more students over the next three years, in California and Seattle!

YouthSpark Reporter at We Day

“I kept pinching myself out of sheer disbelief.”

–Delaney, 17, on her experience as a YouthSpark Reporter at We Day

YouthSpark Reporters at We Day

At We Day in Seattle and California, we invite young people to learn about YouthSpark and become YouthSpark Reporters, live tweeting their We Day experience.

As a YouthSpark Reporter…

  • You learn about YouthSpark and our youth programs, and find a program for you!
  • You live-tweet your We Day experience
  • Six YouthSpark Reporters are chosen to take the stage at We Day!

Don’t forget the cool perks.

  • An exclusive invitation to apply for the backstage We Day experience.
  • YouthSpark t-shirt and lanyard with a We Day Media Pass.
  • Social media and technology training from Microsoft.
  • Special stage-level seating for all YouthSpark Reporters.

Sign up to be a YouthSpark Reporter for We Day 2015! Sign ups for Washington State and California only.

  • Oakland Raiders at We Day California

    Oakland Raiders bring out the good

    Raiders Fullback Marcel Reece speaks to the young people gathered at the first ever We Day in California.

  • Feeling the Magic at We Day California

    Feeling the Magic

    Basketball legend and activist Magic Johnson talks about the legacy he has created through philanthropy.

  • Seth Rogen at We Day California

    Seth Rogen keeps it funny

    Actor and comedian Seth Rogen explains how he has combined his passions with work for social good.

  • Performance by Reggie Watts at We Day California

    Performance by Reggie Watts

    Musician and comedian Reggie Watts uses his voice and a looping machine to create a song at Oracle Arena.

  • YouthSpark Reporters at We Day California

    YouthSpark Reporters document the day

    Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters share their We Day experience by live-tweeting on Windows devices.

  • In the green room at We Day California

    Discussions in the green room

    YouthSpark Star Aaron Tushabe chats with VIPs backstage about the device he invented to help expectant mothers in his native Uganda.

  • On stage at We Day California

    Sharing YouthSpark stories on stage

    Microsoft President of North America Judson Althoff shares inspiring YouthSpark stories with the audience at We Day California.

  • Selena Gomez at We Day California

    Selena Gomez gets personal

    The mega pop star tells the 15,000 young people in the stadium of her struggles with self-confidence and encourages them to “trust in yourself.”

  • California YouthSpark Reporters

    YouthSpark Reporters make some noise

    Thirty YouthSpark Reporters live-tweet the day and share their experience with all the youth around the world who could not attend.

  • J. Cole takes the stage at We Day California

    J. Cole entertains the crowd

    Hip hop sensation J. Cole performs his hit single “Crooked Smile” for the thousands of young people who earned their way to We Day California.

  • Seahawks at We Day Seattle

    Meet the Seattle Seahawks

    Super Bowl champion players from the Seattle Seahawks speak to the young people about community service.

  • We Day Seattle Press Conference

    Behind the Scenes

    YouthSpark Reporters attend a press conference to hear Craig Kielburger and Pete Carroll discuss We Day.

  • The crowd at We Day Seattle

    Lights in the crowd

    Thousands of youth earned a ticket to We Day by performing community service throughout the year.

  • Microsoft’s Lisa Brummel at We Day Seattle

    Microsoft’s Lisa Brummel

    Lisa Brummel, a Microsoft executive vice president, joins Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger at We Day Seattle.

  • YouthSpark Reporters getting ready for We Day Seattle

    A serious moment

    Young people listen intently as actor Edward Norton speaks to them at We Day Seattle.

  • YouthSpark Reporters take the stage at We Day Seattle

    YouthSpark Reporters take the stage

    From left to right – Natasha, Delannah and Tim – take the stage at We Day Seattle to share the excitement of live-reporting backstage.

  • Celebrating visionary leaders at both We Day California and Seattle

    Celebrating visionary leaders

    Before Martin Luther King III takes the stage, young people perform a dance sequence celebrating historical social change leaders.

  • Edward Norton at We Day Seattle

    Edward Norton talks charity

    The legendary actor tells students of the charitable work he has done as a founder of the fundraising and social good platform CrowdRise.

  • YouthSpark Reporters at We Day Seattle

    YouthSpark reporters prep devices

    More than 100 YouthSpark Reporters live-tweet their We Day experience with Microsoft devices and technology training from Microsoft YouthSpark.

  • YouthSpark Reporters getting ready for We Day Seattle

    Preparing for We Day

    YouthSpark Reporters make YouthSpark and We Day signs at the Microsoft Store in University Village, Seattle, in preparation for the big event.

  • YouthSpark ambassadors share their experiences at We Day

    YouthSpark Reporters prepare to spark change

    Thirty reporters used Microsoft technology to share their experience with those who couldn’t attend the gathering at Key Arena.

  • Pete Carroll on We Day: 'This day is Life-Changing!'

    Pete Carroll takes the stage

    The Seattle Seahawks head coach joins brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger for an event he described as “life-changing.”

  • Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters take the stage

    YouthSpark on stage

    Four YouthSpark reporters take the stage to talk about their behind the scenes We Day experience.

  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrates We Day

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks YouthSpark

    Ballmer welcomes We Day to the United States, saying youth are the key to changing the world.

  • Melinda Chambers on the YouthSpark stage at We Day Seattle

    We Day host Melinda Shankar

    The Canadian actress from the hit TeenNick show Degrassi takes the YouthSpark stage during We Day Seattle

  • Jennifer Hudson fires up the crowd

    Jennifer Hudson impresses the crowd

    A performance by the popular actress and recording artist was a gift for the youth who earned a ticket through community service.

  • Demi Lovato joins We Day via Skype

    Demi Lovato via Skype

    The singer and philanthropist joins the event from Moscow to talk about her work taking a stand against bullying.

  • Surprise Guest Macklemore brings down the house

    Macklemore brings the energy

    Rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought down the house during a surprise performance for the youth.

  • Kid President with surprise guest Macklemore at We Day

    Goofing off with Kid President

    The YouTube sensation poses for photos backstage with surprise guests Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

  • We Day hosts 15,000 Seattle-area youth at KeyArena

    Thousands earned their way to We Day

    In its first year in the United States, the event drew more than 15,000 young people to Key Arena.

We Day California Video

“YouthSpark made me realize I can do so much more with the talents that I have. I can benefit other people, not just myself, with my journalistic skills.”
- Delaney Brown

Read more

YouthSpark Impact Map

YouthSpark Hub

Change your world with our 30+ free programs and resources.

Computer Science

Computer Science

Let’s make computer science education available to all students in the United States.

YouthSpark Stars

YouthSpark Stars

Learn about the YouthSpark stars' achievements from the Microsoft YouthSpark program.