“To a better life” with $1,000

By: Jane Meseck, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft It’s been ten years, and the view doesn’t look that much different. Domineisha, a 24-year-old former high school dropout now headed to college and with an impressive internship offer at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, can’t see the path over the opportunity divide. “I had to…


Give Forward: Spring Matching Offer on Give for Youth

In many countries, education for girls is still just a dream. In Sierra Leone, all children are legally required to attend primary and secondary school. However, the shortage of schools, teachers and basic educational tools make the implementation of the law close to impossible.  An enhanced education, teaching essential computer skills and giving access to…


YouthSpark Star of the Week: World Vision Youth Empowerment Program

“I know now that I am able to do anything I want in life and I have a voice—especially being a small, Hispanic young woman.” – Vianeli Garcia, Youth Empowerment Program Alumni The World Vision Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) targets vulnerable youth who possess leadership potential but lack opportunities to develop it in a positive…


Making GOOD Even Better, Microsoft Launches Matching Campaign

UPDATE – 2:00 p.m. PT, March 18: A big thank you to everyone who has participated in supporting our 20 inspiring nonprofits through the Give For Youth Challenge. Due to your unprecedented response, our $100,000 in matching funds were claimed within the first hour! We want to encourage you to continue to support these great projects…


YouthSpark Star of the Week: Joseph “Hindo” Hindogbae

Meet Joseph “Hindo” Hindogbae, a 23-year-old from Bumpe, Sierra Leone who built his skills as a social entrepreneur to help improve living conditions in his community. Bumpe is located in rural Sierra Leone, an area prone to outbreaks of deadly diseases including malaria and cholera, due in part to improper waste management. Hindo saw that…


GOOD Maker Challenge: Vote Today to Help Launch Youth Projects

This content was produced by GOOD with the support of Microsoft Young people have the ideas and energy to make positive change in the world, but sometimes they need a boost to get started. That’s where you come in. You can support young people by voting for your favorite U.S.-based nonprofit in the GOOD Maker…


YouthSpark Star of the Week: City Year Denver

YouthSpark Star of the Week: City Year Denver “I have been with City Year for about 6 months and have gained more practical experience than in any of my previous jobs. I understand circumstances are different at every job, but I still feel better suited for the next step in my career path…” Michael Sanchez,…


YouthSpark Star of the Week: Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project, Rural Uganda

Editor’s note: this is the first in a regular series of posts featuring projects on Give for Youth, a micro-giving site focused on empowering young people around the world. “It takes children to raise a village.” – Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, founder & executive director, Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project In Uganda, over 2.2 million children have…


How you can do GOOD for your favorite nonprofit

Microsoft and GOOD have teamed up to give you the opportunity to help your favorite youth-focused nonprofit. Today we are announcing the Microsoft Give For Youth Challenge, a contest where you nominate and vote for nonprofits who support young people around the United States. We’re launching this joint effort because young people are facing unprecedented…