Microsoft youth scheme expected to empower 300m

Charity initiative aimed at creating opportunities for the young

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Microsoft youth scheme expected to empower 300m We are making a commitment to help 300m young people around the world: Ballmer. (Getty Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  September 23, 2012

Microsoft Corp today announced a new global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, that aims to create opportunities for 300 million young people in more than 100 countries over the next three years.

The company-wide scheme includes Citizenship and other company programs that connect the younger generation with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Through Microsoft YouthSpark, the company will dedicate the majority of its cash contributions to nonprofits that serve the youth population around the world.  In addition, Microsoft YouthSpark will promote Office365 for EDU, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the Classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world.

As part of the initiative, Microsoft is also launching a range of new Citizenship programs:

 - Give for Youth , a global micro-giving marketplace focused specifically on raising funds for nonprofits that support youth causes around the world;

 - Microsoft YouthSpark Hub, an online space where people can explore and access all of the youth services, programs and resources provided by Microsoft and its nonprofits partners;

 - Microsoft Innovate for Good, a global online community enabling youth to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities.

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