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The latest and greatest on YouthSpark in your community and around the globe.

September 10
2014

Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14

Join the movement that is introducing young people across the country to computer science. Start with an Hour of Code and then move on to tutorials that will introduce you to JavaScript or teach you how to program your own games and apps. Anyone can learn to code. Find out how to get involved.

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Edouard Wawra, YouthSpark Star BizSpark, a YouthSpark Program, was crucial for our startup. Thanks to Microsoft's interest in our project, we started coding our first Windows 8 app and that gave us our first product to present to one of the main Italian startup accelerators.
September 10
2014

Giving Tuesday, December 2

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to give. Choose a cause that’s important to you and become part of this global celebration of generosity.

Visit YouthSpark on GlobalGiving , to maximize your Giving Tuesday donation through Microsoft bonuses and matching funds.

September 10
2014

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, October 6 – 8

Policy makers, youth leaders, educators, and researchers from around the globe are just some of the people who will unite in Washington DC for three days of collaboration and partnership building. Young people can connect with colleagues, exchange information, and learn how to incorporate technology into a successful future.

Microsoft is the technology sponsor for the conference and will be hosting a YouthSpark Generator on October 9 for registered participants. This is an opportunity for youth leaders to network with Microsoft staff and discuss new ideas for improving economic opportunities for young people. Find out how to register!

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July 28
2014

YouthSpark Reporters at Imagine Cup July 29 – August 2

You can find out all the latest happenings during Imagine Cup Finals week from our YouthSpark Reporters! They’ll be attending events all week long and will bring you all the excitement of the world’s premier student technology competition on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just look for the #YouthSpark hashtag!

YouthSpark Reporters are experts on YouthSpark, our global initiative to empower 300 million young people through opportunities to develop computer science skills, find jobs, and start their own businesses. They help connect young people to programs like Imagine Cup and will have front row seats to the Imagine Cup World Finals, the awards ceremony, and Imagine Cup Day at MOHAI in Seattle.

Genevieve L'Esperance, YouthSpark Star YouthSpark helped me recognize my passion for computer science, and now I'm using my skills to help other girls discover theirs.
June 5
2014

We’ve added even more to the YouthSpark Hub!

A big welcome to two more YouthSpark programs that will help connect you to the tools needed for success. Whether you have a simple tech question or need tips on starting a successful startup, these programs can help!

The Microsoft MVP Mentors program connects students to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) who can answer questions and offer guidance. Whether you need one-on-one help or a mentor for your Imagine Cup team, Microsoft MVPs are here for you. Join the worldwide MVP Mentor Community.

Microsoft Ventures is helping promising early-stage startups around the world take flight. The program will connect you with experts who can give you the mentoring, technical guidance, and connections you need to turn your killer idea into the next Big Thing! Find out how you can get involved.

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May 5
2014

Be part of the UN Global Week of Action! May 5-11

If you had the chance, what kind of world would you vote for? MY World is a United Nations global survey that allows people to have their say on issues that matter most to them. More than 2 million people from 194 countries have taken the opportunity to tell the UN and world leaders the changes they need for a better future. The results are used to inform the new Millennium Development Goals in 2015. If you vote during the Global Week of Action May 5 – 11, you will get a personalized video created for you! Share it with your friends, family, and with us by including #YouthSpark. Tell the UN the world you want!

May 2
2014

Imagine Cup Finals, Seattle: July 29 - August 2

Every year, tens thousands of students form teams, create amazing technology projects, and compete in Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions worldwide. The very best teams strive to make it all the way: to the Imagine Cup World Finals. These teams will learn more and work harder than ever before, motivated by the power of competition and their pride in what they accomplish. Awaiting them are $1 million in prizes as well as opportunities and support to start their own companies and get mentoring directly from Microsoft staff. For students everywhere, Imagine Cup is the beginning of a brilliant career. Find out how you can get involved.

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Abril Vela, YouthSpark Star I personally believe that society has built up the belief that males are the ones who go into computer science. People don't feel like it could be any other way, even though it should and can be.
April 16
2014

YouthSpark Bonus Day

The crowd funding site YouthSpark on Global Giving is helping young people around the world improve their communities, from providing clean water to buying books for schools. On YouthSpark Bonus Day, donated funds will be matched 50 percent, up to $100,000! Explore YouthSpark projects around the world.

March 26
2014

We Day California:
We Day Heads to the San Francisco Bay Area

You can't buy a ticket to We Day but you can earn it through service. Learn how your school can get involved in the year-long We Act program and earn admission into this incredible event. Help your generation shift from "me" to "we" by making conscious choices on what you watch, wear, and consume. How do you get to We Day?

March 21
2014

We Day Seattle:
The Movement of our Time

We Day is empowering a generation of young global citizens through this inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative. Find out how you can use your skills to improve the world around you. Become a part of this life-changing movement.