Last week Steve Ballmer launched Microsoft YouthSpark at an event streamed online around the world.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a new companywide initiative that will create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years, as we know young people everywhere face real challenges.  For example, youth unemployment is twice the average rate for the population as a whole, which is indicative of a growing opportunity divide between young people who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.

From Partners-in-Learning to Office365 for Education to Skype in the Classroom, Microsoft is marshaling a wide range of company’s programs to support youth.  As Steve Ballmer said last week, “We can help empower young people to change their world, and we are committed to using our technology, talent, time and resources to do that".

See the announcement here.

Read more about YouthSpark.