The Future Will Not Wait

By Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs The economic and societal challenges facing youth around the world loom larger than ever with the youth unemployment rate expected to click upward to 12.8 percent by 2018 as forecasted by the International Labour Organization’s report, Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013. Yet, the…


Sparking Change and Opportunity through Microsoft YouthSpark

By Joanne Harrell, Senior Director, U.S. Citizenship & Public Affairs On September 20, 2012 our CEO, Steve Ballmer launched the companywide initiative Microsoft YouthSpark, which aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world in three years by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvKCcKSQq8] Since then, I’ve met…


YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced! Five Brilliant Sparks of Social Good

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs This past year has been about sparking change through Microsoft YouthSpark, so it’s fitting that we’re announcing the five grand prize winners of the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest just days before the fireworks-filled U.S. Fourth of July celebration. If you’ve been following the contest,…


Good Read: Why STEM Education & Blended Learning Matter

By Kristin Lee, Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Our friends at the Microsoft on the Issues blog are featuring a post about the most recent event from the @Microsoft series focused on education. In Washington, D.C., the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosted a panel on “Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs: Why…


Steve Ballmer honored as a top 100 “STEM CEO”

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs A new list of the top 100 “STEM CEOs” includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The list was published by STEMconnector, which helps its members design, implement and measure STEM strategies, and presented today as part of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions summit. According to a…


Challenge for Change: Meet 20 Finalists and Vote for Your Favorite

By Yvonne Thomas, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft YouthSpark After reviewing hundreds of inspiring entries, our judging panel for the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest has finished the tough job of selecting 20 finalists. Each of the 20 finalists created a video sharing more about themselves and their projects. Now we’re putting the power back in…


“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…


YouthSpark Challenge for Change Generates Hundreds of Inspirational Social Good Project Entries!

By Yvonne Thomas, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft YouthSpark In May, Microsoft launched YouthSpark Challenge for Change. We asked young people aged 18-25 to share a social cause they care about and come up with an idea to address it using Windows and Office for a chance to win a volunteer trip to Kenya this summer….


More than 200 High School Students Get a Taste of Computer Science in the Real World

By Dan Kasun, Sr. Director of US Public Sector Last Friday, I joined tech industry colleagues and more than 200 students from seven local high schools to kick off the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) Computer Science Field Trip at AOL’s Northern Virginia campus. It was a great day, consisting of several sessions…


Helping More High School Students Take Computer Science

Microsoft is very proud of our TEALS partnership with Seattle Public Schools and Rainier Beach High School. We commend the leadership, vision and courage of these educators to recognize the opportunities that computer science education opens up for young people. Preparing young people for life is perhaps the most important job one can do. Thanks…