At Microsoft, we are proud to partner with organizations such as Year Up to arm young adults with skills, experience and support that will enable them to reach their true potential.  Year Up is a nonprofit organization that provides career training to more than 1,300 urban young adults across the nation, helping students earn internships with top US companies.

We support the Year Up mission by contributing curricula and software in Year Up classroom sites in nine metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Providence, San Francisco, D.C., and Seattle.  This year, Microsoft donated software valued at $2.2 million, including Windows 7, Office 2010 and programs such as SharePoint 2010, which give Year Up students experience with technologies valued by the business community and future employers. 

Locally, Microsoft has supported Year Up since 2009, helping Atlanta-area high school graduates and GED recipients ages 18 to 24 prepare for careers.  In addition to software donations, our local Microsoft Technology Center hosts activities such as a remote working demonstrations in our envisioning center, and a detailed tour of our data center to give students hands-on experience with 21st century technology.  We’ve also hosted resume and interview workshops to prepare students as they search for careers.

By providing quality technology and opportunities for Year Up students in Atlanta, and other Year Up locations, Microsoft hopes to continue to help young students join the workforce.