YouthSpark supports Practical Office and Agricultural Skills for Nepali Youth

Through diverse programmes and partnerships with youth-serving nonprofits, Microsoft YouthSpark is aimed at creating new opportunities for millions of young people around the world. Back in May 2013, four projects won funding in a South Asia Regional Grant competition, ‘Youth Solutions! Technology for Skills and Employment’, to implement ICT projects that can reduce youth unemployment. We…


‘How’d You Do That?’ Six Best Practices in Engaging Youth in IT Training

This post is part of a series offering technology tips and tricks to help you work more efficiently, as well as help young people and organisations get the most out of IT. Visit www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/youthspark/ to find out more about the programmes available under the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative.   When Ian Lewis showed up at WorkVentures…


YouthSpark is Engaging Young Minds through Technology at Mano Amiga Academy

By Cheryll Ann Selda, Citizenship Specialist, Microsoft Philippines On 7 August, our Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) team, together with Director, Diana Tibbs, held our best Financial Year Kick-off Activity at Mano Amiga Academy. Through our YouthSpark programme, Microsoft is supporting Mano Amiga Academy to help them make a real impact in their local…


YouthSpark – Lighting the Way to Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship in Taiwan

Taiwan’s high youth unemployment rate is a cause for worry for many, especially after it hit 14.1 percent in August. Microsoft Taiwan’s YouthSpark launch event in October came at the right time. The event promoted free programmes for youth to acquire skills that the market demands, and reinforced its long-term message about how the strategic…


Practical Help for Underprivileged Indonesian Youth

By Esther K Sianipar, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Indonesia For its strong economic growth, even during the 2008 financial crisis, Indonesia is referred to as Southeast Asia’s economic giant. But, not even a giant can escape the so-called ‘Generation Jobless’. In 2011, the country had 5.3 million unemployed young people. The USD117,000 grant awarded  to…


Drawing Up the Blueprint for Empowerment of Sri Lankan Youth

It was an honour for Microsoft to bear witness to Sri Lanka’s historic hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the city of Hambantota, and participate alongside political leaders, civil society, youth, the business community and others in the summit’s vision of serving the world better. At the 10 November inauguration ceremony…


ICT Skills Training to Empower Bengali Youth with Disabilities

Back in May 2013, four projects won funding in a South Asia Regional Grant competition, ‘Youth Solutions! Technology for Skills and Employment’, to implement ICT projects that can reduce youth unemployment. We catch up with the Bangladesh category winner to hear about their progress on the project. A teenage boy with disabilities lies on a…


Imagine Cup & Social Good: Skills in Action

Every day, students push themselves to develop their skills and build their futures. Through Imagine Cup contests students are not just inspired – they are driven to compete, to learn, to master. Our Imagine Cup Grant programme, managed by Microsoft YouthSpark, awards cash, software and access to resources to a select number of Imagine Cup…


A Personal Account of the Impact of Typhoon Yolanda

By Karrie Ilagan, Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines Growing up in the Philippines makes you acutely aware of earthquakes and the monsoon and typhoon seasons; of the rain, wind and sheer power of nature. I have weathered my share of disasters, however, nothing could prepare me for the impact that was Typhoon Yolanda. When this…


The Power of You: Imagine Cup 2014

Read the full blog post by John Scott Tynes, Competition Manager, Microsoft Imagine Cup, which was originally posted on 4 December 2013, on the Imagine Cup website. Imagine Cup 2014 is already off to a thrilling start. Since we launched this season in mid-September, thousands of students from countries all over the world have formed…