I received this information as a #WindowsChampion, and thought it was important to share with you, in case you can use the information. You see, I am often in the dark about some of the wonderful programs that various brands offer. Once again, I’m behind the times. Today I ready about a program that Microsoft began a bit over two years ago. Reaching young people though this program Microsoft provides opportunities to 300 million young people around the world via YouthSpark. Offering technical skills and education that experts say youth need to get jobs and start businesses, Microsoft once again champions our youth by giving them the skills necessary to succeed.
Today they’ve announced that they are doubling the reach of the
1. TEALS program (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) the U.S.
By pairing software engineers with schools as volunteer computer science teachers, they will reach 131 high schools across 18 states plus Washington, D.C. (an increase from 70 schools in 12 states last year). I am MOST excited about young women learning more science as I feel like there has been a huge gap there.
2. YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft retail stores won’t end this fall.
I reported about the summer camps earlier in the year. I love that all of the full-line Microsoft Stores in the United States and Canada, offer “camp” in their store, and the program will continue through the full school year with field trips for K-12 students.
3. Microsoft is launching Imagine Cup 2015
Students ages 16 and older are invited to register for the Imagine Cup 2015 season and learn about the great opportunities to compete throughout the year.
3. Microsoft is expanding its Digital Literacy Curriculum to 10 more languages
Check out the stories of other “YouthSpark Stars” on their site.