Power On! YouthSpark Hub Helps Youth Build Their Futures

By Yvonne Thomas, senior program manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs We’re excited to share that we’ve launched the updated YouthSpark Hub – an online resource from Microsoft to help youth gain skills, prepare for jobs or even start their own business. As Lisa Brummel, executive vice president, Human Resources, shared at We Day, “the YouthSpark…


Unforgettable Moments at We Day Seattle & We Day California!

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Over the last week, Microsoft participated in two days of inspiring events in two cities – We Day Seattle and We Day California. Through their community service, more than 30,000 talented youth earned their way to We Day Seattle on March 21, and We Day California on…


Microsoft Announces New “YouthSpark Hub” on We Day Seattle!

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs As Human Resources Executive Vice President Lisa Brummel writes on the Official Microsoft Blog this morning: “There is nothing quite like seeing the brilliant spark of an idea in the eyes of young person – apart, perhaps, from seeing it in the eyes of 15,000 young people!…


A Local Look at Global Issues: 2014 University of Washington Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Reposted from Federal Way High School Newspaper By Delaney Brown and Jamie Tran, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, Washington Hi! We’re Jamie and Delaney, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters and seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington state. We got involved with Microsoft YouthSpark as YouthSpark Reporters at We Day Seattle in…


Empowering Youth to Change Their World

By Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Microsoft is very proud to announce our support for Free The Children, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young people to help others in local communities near and far. As part of our company-wide YouthSpark initiative to empowering youth through technology, we’re launching a three-year…


YouthSpark Star of the Week: We Day Backstage Reporters

There were crowds of youth flanking all the main entrances into Key Arena. They wore matching shirts, face paint, with neon signs propped over their shoulders that read “WE are the change!” and “Spencer West we love you!” The energy of 15,000 young people poured into the Seattle stadium on March 27, 2013 for the…


From We Day to We Act!

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs  We knew that We Day in Seattle was going to be something special, but I’m not sure we were could have imagined the incredible energy, excitement and passion of the 15,000 young people who rocked Seattle’s KeyArena stadium yesterday. Athletes, activists, and actors – Magic Johnson,…


Welcome to Seattle, We Day!

The wait is over – today is We Day! We’re at Key Arena in Seattle, joined by 15,000 young people from nearly 400 middle and high schools around the region who all earned their place in the stadium by serving their communities and working together to make the world a better place. Microsoft CEO Steve…


We Day: Microsoft and the Youth Event of the Year

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Have you heard of We Day? We Day, an initiative of Free The Children, is a concert, a rally, and a celebration of a movement to inspire and encourage young people to serve their communities and work together to make the world a better place. We…


We Day Seattle Debuts on March 27; Sparks Opportunities for 15,000 Youth in Washington

By Brad Smith, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Today, in front of 2,000 students and teachers at Federal Way High School in Washington state, I had the honor of joining Free The Children founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle Seahawks’ Head Coach Pete Carroll to announce We Day Seattle – an exciting new, year-long program at that…