Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with seed funding from Microsoft Silicon Valley. “Playing with Math” is a 10-day residency program that…


Casting an Educated Vote

Below is a contributed piece from Sid Espinosa, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft Silicon Valley, which appeared in the October issue of LATINO Magazine.Click the image above for a downloadable copy and select ‘download’ in the top right corner. Latinos hold unprecedented political power in this year’s U.S. elections. Experts forecast that more than…


Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply provide shade and aesthetics – they also help…


MSV gets active with the 2012 Trailblazer Race

On September 30, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was the proud sponsor and host of The Friends of Stevens Creek Trailblazer Race for the 10th straight year. The 2012 race was exceptionally rewarding for us because we found even more ways to actively give. Volunteer coordinator Dan Costello and his team more than tripled Microsoft employee…


The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly in critical STEM professions. Earlier this month, 120 high school…


Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share messaging, inspire volunteers, and raise funds….


Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility.  Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers through grants and volunteerism. Most recently, the two organizations were part of an initiative that…


Microsoft Silicon Valley gets interviewed by KCBS at United Way’s 2012 Day of Action

Last month, over 200 Silicon Valley residents got together to volunteer at the AJ Dorsa Elementary School in East San Jose. The occasion was United Way’s Day of Action, a nationwide citizenship event where local residents and corporations get their hands dirty as part of an effort to better their surrounding communities. The small school…


37% of Kids have Been Bullied Online: Microsoft Global Survey Gets at the Root of Online Bullying

Online bullying is a serious issue that can have tragic consequences. To better understand and help educate parents, educators, mentors and kids to some of the contributing elements of online bullying, Microsoft commissioned a Global Youth Online Behavior Survey. As a global leader in technology and an organization focused on helping young people reach their…


Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations in Silicon Valley with the…