Helping young people create and capture opportunity
Today's youth face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. With more than 75 million unemployed youth around the world, we must work together to close this divide in order to secure the future of our youth, and of our global economy.
In 2012, we announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth by 2015. Through 30+ programs and partnerships with more than 350 youth-serving nonprofits, at the close of its second year Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 227 million young people in over 100 countries around the world. Although there is much still to do, we're inspired by what we've seen: young people taking the lead in changing not only their lives but the lives of other around them, making a real impact in their local communities and on the global stage.
Explore this site to see how young people around the world are seizing opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for all of us.
Microsoft provides cash grants to eligible organizations whose missions and activities support youth development. For more information, see our Nonprofit FAQ.
Microsoft also donates software and services to a broad array of eligible nonprofit organizations. Visit our software donation page for more information on eligibility and how to apply.
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.