Microsoft has announced a new program dubbed as YouthSpark, designed to help 300 million children in 100 countries with an initiative to “get a great education, find work or start their own business.” The company said, it is seeing the emergence of an opportunity divide among young people, a gap between those who are prospering and others who are struggling. The “YouthSpark” works on three core areas where the company believes require to reducing the divide:
- Empower youth by helping strengthen education and expand digital inclusion;
- Unleash future innovators by giving youth the inspiration and tools to imagine new opportunities; and
- Help youth realize new opportunities of employability and entrepreneurship.
The company has developed a range of new youth-focused Citizenship initiatives, including:
- 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 young people can explore and access all of the services, programs and resources provided by Microsoft and select nonprofit partners for education, skills, employment and entrepreneurship;
- 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.