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What unique teenage social media use means for nonprofit and education campaigns
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of a New York-based nonprofit called DoSomething.org, which was enlightening. If you’re unfamiliar, DoSomething.org is the largest organization that rallies and organizes teens and engages them in social causes. They often work with large...
7 Feb 2013
Microsoft Launches Global YouthSpark Initiative To Create Opportunities For 300 Million Young People
Today, Microsoft announced a new global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark , that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes citizenship and other company programs — both new and enhanced —...
20 Sep 2012
Educating Children About The Pitfalls Of Social Media On Mobile Devices
This is a guest post by Dean Halstead, a visualization architect for Microsoft Federal based in the Washington, DC region. You can follow him on Twitter at @DeanHalstead . The number of dangers for children on the Internet is continually multiplying, making parenting harder -- and increasingly requiring...
20 Jun 2012
MakeYourJob.org Is An Interactive Online Community Helping Teens Launch Startups
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE , an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and recognize business opportunities, just launched MakeYourJob.org , an new interactive web community that gives teens the tools...
15 May 2012
Young Inventors, Makers, And Doers: Where Will 'Generation Innovation' Come From?
Politicians talk a lot about how America needs more innovators and inventors. Everyone from prominent CEOs to the President is demanding a next generation of young leaders in science, math, engineering, and technology. Where will they come from, though? GOOD and Common Five have a terrific infographic...
16 Feb 2012
Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook Age Rules
Guest post by danah boyd, a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Versions of this article were originally written for the Huffington Post , the Digital Media...
7 Nov 2011
Job One: Education And Skills Gap A National Security Risk
Guest post by Stephen Gordon, a Director of Market Development in Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy Consulting business. You can follow him on Twitter at @sgordonmobile . Could a skills gap caused by a lack of global competitiveness by our education system be a threat to U.S. national security...
10 Oct 2011
How Roadtrip Nation Is Inspiring The Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs And Risk-Takers
Where does inspiration come from? For some young people, it comes from reading stories in books or magazines. For others, it comes from learning at the hand of an older mentor or teacher. For still others, however, inspiration is elusive. Recently, I caught up with an innovative organization called Roadtrip...
27 Sep 2011
How Nonprofit Brotherhood Crusade Provides Technology Training For The Los Angeles Workforce
Guest post by Celeste Alleyne, the West Region Citizenship & Public Affairs Director for Microsoft. With a 12 percent unemployment rate in California, 14.6% in Los Angeles, and staggeringly high -- 60-70% -- LA high school drop out rates, connecting the children making up our next generation with...
27 Sep 2011
Shape The Future: Microsoft Announces Three-Year Program To Bridge The Digital Divide At Clinton Global Initiative
Guest post by Dan MacFetridge, director of Microsoft's Shape the Future program. Learn more on the Shape the Future page on Facebook . Connecting children to the Internet and all the resources it provides is one of America's greatest challenges. Currently, the U.S. is ranked 18th in the world in Internet...
22 Sep 2011
Thought-Provoking And Short Thoughts At The "140 EDU" Conference In New York
Guest post by Andrea Genevieve Michnik, founder of BrandKit, a personal branding and career consulting agency for young professionals in Austin, TX. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaGenevieve . In my opinion, education in America right now looks a lot like the housing market did in 2009 --...
12 Sep 2011
Cradles to Crayons: A Nonprofit Providing Disadvantaged Children With Free School Supplies
Guest post by Donna Woodall, Microsoft's citizenship lead for the U.S. east coast. The organization Cradles to Crayons is an innovative, nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged children with free school supplies. Recently, Microsoft and CVS partnered with Cradles to Crayons in Boston to...
6 Sep 2011
Recessionpreneur: Why Socially Conscious Startups From Generation Y Are Changing The Entrepreneurial Landscape
Guest post by Andrea Genevieve Michnik the founder of BrandKit, a personal branding and career consulting agency for young professionals. She lives in Austin, TX by way of Washington, DC, where she worked for The George Washington University. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaGenevieve . It...
20 Jul 2011
Preventing Child Exploitation: Microsoft Helps Create PhotoDNA, Digital Forensics For The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Guest post by Sam Khoury, a Public Sector Solutions Director for Microsoft's Office of Civic Innovation. In just a short time, the Internet has created huge economies of scale for information dissemination, affecting everything from how news spreads among bloggers, journalists, and average readers...
24 Jun 2011
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