Invest and Evaluate: a Landscape Guide to Youth Workforce Development Programs

yBy: Yvonne Thomas, Director of Global Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft In our rapidly changing, hyper-connected world, the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is driving economic growth, innovation, and job creation. More than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some degree of technology skills—and some experts say that will increase to 77 percent…


Announcing our support of the BRAID initiative

By: Yvonne Thomas, Global Director of YouthSpark Providing all young people with the opportunity to learn computer science is something we feel strongly about at Microsoft. Through our YouthSpark initiative, we work with partners and programs around the world who focus on helping young people learn how to become creators of technology – especially for…


Meet our new YouthSpark Youth Advisors!

By: Yvonne Thomas, Global Director of YouthSpark Last week we announced big updates to our Microsoft YouthSpark initiative as we cross our two year milestone, and today we're announcing the YouthSpark Youth Advisors, as a way for us to seek ideas, feedback and insight directly from an amazing group of young people and ensure YouthSpark…