Today's youth face an opportunity divide — a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. With more than 75 million unemployed youth around the world, we must work together to close this divide in order to secure the future of our youth, and of our global economy.

Last year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth over three years. Through over 30 programmes and partnerships with 186 youth-serving nonprofits, in its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries.

While there is still much to do, we are inspired by what we have seen: young people taking the lead in changing not only their lives but the lives of other around them, making deep impact in their local communities and on the global stage.

Explore the YouthSpark site to see how young people around the world are seizing opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for all of us.