Empower youth to change their world
The world stands at a crossroads. While there are more young people on the planet than ever before, youth unemployment is double that of the adult population.
Countries are struggling to develop modern workforces due to the growing gap between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills needed to perform the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Today’s young people face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.
Closing this opportunity divide is one of the most important actions we can all take to secure the future of our youth and the future of our global economy.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide initiative designed to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits and businesses, we aim to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. We want to empower youth to change their world.
The YouthSpark Hub is an online space to explore and access all the Microsoft programs and resources to help youth imagine and realize their full potential.
YouthSpark Partners in Canada
Today we are increasingly seeing an opportunity divide, especially for young people. Through YouthSpark Microsoft is partnering with governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses across Canada to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
The Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, where students are challenged to apply their knowledge and passion to develop technical solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems such as healthcare in rural areas, climate change, world hunger and medical research.
The Canadian competitors at this global event are the finalists from Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Canada.
If you can imagine it, you can create it. Students can gain access to Microsoft Software and Development Tools at no cost.