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  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz Inspires Young Women to Explore STEM Careers

    By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Careers in technology are a hot topic of discussion these days, and for good reason. According to Code.org , computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average...
  • Blog Post: Supporting the right to play

    Earlier this week in London, Microsoft announced a 2012 sponsorship program with leading international children’s sport and play charity, Right To Play . As part of the partnership Microsoft will be providing Right to Play with funding, employee volunteers, Microsoft hardware and software products and...
  • Blog Post: Beaming Bright in Brussels - Innovate4Good sparked by European Youth

    By Sylvie Laffarge, Europe Director of Citizenship & Public Affairs “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas!” is how the saying goes. That is precisely the enthused response that Innovate4Good drew in Brussels where I just spent the day with 150 amazing young people from around...
  • Blog Post: Spending a day with the leaders of today and tomorrow

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Last weekend I had the privilege to spend a lot of time with close to a hundred young leaders at our first Innovate4Good @Microsoft event . They spent all day Saturday brainstorming how they can collectively use their talents...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Youth through Partnerships

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private...
  • Blog Post: From Seattle to Singapore: How Microsoft is taking lessons from young people

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft There are 1.2 billion young people on our planet today – more than ever before and the numbers continue to grow with projections of 1.5 billion young people by 2035. Many of them are doing amazing things. They are innovating...
  • Blog Post: Good Read: Celebrating Malala Day

    By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs Did you know that one out of every four adults worldwide is functionality illiterate? This represents 793 million people. Addressing illiteracy around the world is a huge challenge because it is often the most silent. Microsoft Citizenship...
  • Blog Post: Meeting young change makers in Qatar

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. Youth employment and entrepreneurship is a major issue around the world and of course the Arab world with all the changes taking place at the moment, is no different. In my last few posts I have shared some of my experiences...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Partnership: Working Together to Solve the Youth Underemployment Crisis

    Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft We have been talking quite a bit lately about the need to close the opportunity divide for youth – the gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Bridging this gap is...
  • Blog Post: TEALS: Helping students discover computer science

    By Gretchen Deo, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Recently I sat with a group of 22 kids from Rainier Beach High School & South Shore Middle School who were on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond for the day. The kids were here as part of their involvement in Microsoft’s TEALS (Technology Education...
  • Blog Post: The Future Will Not Wait

    By Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs The economic and societal challenges facing youth around the world loom larger than ever with the youth unemployment rate expected to click upward to 12.8 percent by 2018 as forecasted by the International Labour Organization’s...
  • Blog Post: How Reach Out and Read believes in immunizing kids against illiteracy

    While literacy isn’t traditionally considered part of well-child visits, one organization is working to change this. Reach Out and Read believes that “immunizing” kids against illiteracy is just as important as general pediatric preventative care. This innovative nonprofit builds on the unique relationship...
  • Blog Post: YouthSpark Ambassadors Share Social Entrepreneurship Lessons From Kenya

    By Elisa Willman, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Microsoft Citizenship Last month, we announced the winners of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest and our new YouthSpark Ambassadors: Adam Dunn, Brian Hickey, Sneha Jayaprakash, Christina Ong and Meghan Shea. They are wrapping...
  • Blog Post: YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced! Five Brilliant Sparks of Social Good

    By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs This past year has been about sparking change through Microsoft YouthSpark , so it’s fitting that we’re announcing the five grand prize winners of the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest just days before the...
  • Blog Post: Great Futures Start with Great Opportunities

    Editor’s Note: We recently announced Microsoft YouthSpark a new company wide initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million young people. A key part of YouthSpark is the work we are doing with nonprofit organizations focused on helping young people access education, employment and entrepreneurship...
  • Blog Post: The panel at Innovate4Good Seattle

    This morning we’re hosting an array of different sessions and we’ve just had a panel discussion. Introduced by our own Akhtar Badhah, the panel included (from left to right) the honorable Norman B. Rice, Asha Sharma, Genevieve L’Esperance, Johnnie Lovett, Adora Svitak, and Wilson To. Each member of the...
  • Blog Post: Photos: The first Innovate4Good event is underway

    Our first Innovate4Good event kicked off on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington today. Here’s some photos from the event and you can follow the event on Twitter at #InnovateForGood . Innovate4Good Seattle March 2012 VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL
  • Blog Post: A Good Kind of Madness in Singapore

    This is a report on the Innovate4Good day that took place in Singapore last weekend.  It was originally posted on the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific blog . There is a palpable energy and enthusiasm at the Innovate4Good@Microsoft event today in Singapore. The event kicked off with a warm welcome...
  • Blog Post: We Day Seattle Debuts on March 27; Sparks Opportunities for 15,000 Youth in Washington

    By Brad Smith, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Today, in front of 2,000 students and teachers at Federal Way High School in Washington state, I had the honor of joining Free The Children founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle Seahawks’ Head Coach Pete Carroll to announce We Day Seattle - an exciting...
  • Blog Post: The Journey Continues – from Seattle to Cairo with Innovate4Good@Microsoft

    Editor’s note: This is Akhtar’s second post from Egypt, you can read his first post “The butterfly effect – everyone was a hero in Cairo” here . By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. Sherine Soliman Ibrahim is a slightly built woman and a powerhouse. She was the...
  • Blog Post: The Spring of Hope -- Restoring the Dignity

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft   I am in Tunis – this is where the Arab Spring got launched in December 2010. I have had the privilege of being in the Arab world for the last two weeks meeting and having discussions with youth and young entrepreneurs...
  • Blog Post: Sparking Change and Opportunity through Microsoft YouthSpark

    By Joanne Harrell, Senior Director, U.S. Citizenship & Public Affairs On September 20, 2012 our CEO, Steve Ballmer launched the companywide initiative Microsoft YouthSpark , which aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world in three years by connecting them with greater...
  • Blog Post: New European partnerships aim to tackle youth unemployment

    Earlier today as part of our global YouthSpark initiative we held an event in Brussels with representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss the challenges facing young people in Europe. Around the world the prolonged economic downturn has disproportionately affected youth and...
  • Blog Post: Philharmonic Society of Orange County is making music accessible

    Music can have a profound effect on everything from our mood to our ability to learn and concentrate. A 2007 study published in the Journal for Research in Music Education tied quality music education instruction to improved academic performance — specifically, better scores on standardized tests. No...

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