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…

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Family learning, full STEAM ahead

Parent’s Day was yesterday, and we’re reflecting on the critical role parents play in the success of their children and, in turn, our community. A recent report featured in Education Week evaluated parent involvement in their children’s education over the past decade. The benefits of parent involvement in the educational process are inspiring – according…

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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…

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Microsoft Silicon Valley Hosts More than 300 at Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner

Girl Geek Dinners, which originated with a girl geek who was tired of being the only girl at industry events, has certainly come a long way! Microsoft Silicon Valley hosted the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, October 13, at the Mountain View campus. The event provided an opportunity to mingle with women (and…

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Microsoft Presents Engineering Award to FIRST

The Silicon Valley Education Foundation celebrated its seventh annual Pioneers & Purpose fundraising dinner on Sept. 15, 2011, where Microsoft presented the Engineering Category Award to FIRST Robotics. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a program committed to inspire young people to be leaders in technology. FIRST encourages students by…

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Celebrates the Grand Opening of a New Club Tech Center with Help from Microsoft

Imagine a place that provides academic and social programs to successfully increase high school graduation rates in neighborhoods where less than half the youth graduate from high school. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) is a comprehensive youth development organization open to young people aged 6-18, located in seven of the most…

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