Late last year, the folks at Microsoft began a new initiative aimed at providing the world’s young people with greater opportunities for jobs and education.
To do so, the software giant began the YouthSpark program, which intends to create opportunities for 300 million of the world’s young people in the next three years. In a recent post from Microsoft, they discuss the goals of the program and the lessons that those involved have learned throughout the process.
There is an “opportunity gap” for the world’s youth, according to the post, and Microsoft intends to use its titanic resources to help close it. For many young people, especially in urban areas or developing nations, there just is not enough work or affordable education.
With YouthSpark, Microsoft is trying to help. Check out their post to learn more about how.
It can be hard to get young people to get involved in philanthropic efforts, but software giant Microsoft is making an effort to do just that.
Last month they launched the YouthSpark Challenge For Change, a competition that asks people aged 18-25 to share a social cause that they think could benefit from a Windows or Office based solution. The competition has already gathered hundreds of entries, and the winner will be awarded with a volunteer trip to Kenya.
The entries featured a wide range of causes, and Microsoft found that many of the applicants have already taken the initiative to establish their own nonprofit organization dedicated to their cause.
20 finalists will be selected, and each will be asked to create a video better explaining their project. Check out Microsoft’s post to learn more about the competition.