Currently, there are over 2.2 billion people aged between 6 and 24 years of age around the world. This group of youth represents the future — they possess so much potential that is just waiting to be unleashed. With the population of young people expecting to grow to 2.5 billion by 2035, it is extraordinary to think of what this group can accomplish.
Meet Adora. She is a young dynamo who believes that “we create our own exceptionalness.” She got her first laptop when she was six, and she has never looked back. Adora loves how her PC allows her to turn her thoughts into text on a page quickly.
If you’re curious about what PC Adora is using to collaborate with students around the world, write books and more, it is a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook.
This is a great PC for students because it is very strong (aluminum top and carbon fiber bottom), yet light so it fits easily in backpacks or bags, and has a built-in HD webcam so you can take advantage of Skype.
This is the PC that is behind the confident, ambitious and driven Adora — helping her unleash her power and potential. Microsoft believes in young people and the power of technology, just like Adora. Microsoft has just launched a companywide initiative to combat the “opportunity divide” that is facing youth today.
I’d like to introduce you to Microsoft YouthSpark, a program that “empowers youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities in education, employment and entrepreneurship, helping them create a real impact for a better tomorrow.” Through partnerships with governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses Microsoft YouthSpark will create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world for the next three years.
By putting PCs and technology in the hands of youth, Microsoft YouthSpark will inspire young people to “imagine the opportunities they have to realize their potential…” There are some great programs that are coming with YouthSpark. Skype in the Classroom is a free global community for teachers to connect their students with other students and guest speakers from around the world. DreamSpark provides students and educators with free access to Microsoft designer and development tools.
The YouthSpark Hub is the online space specifically for young people to explore and access all the services, programs and resources provided my Microsoft and select nonprofit partners for education, skills, employment and entrepreneurship. While Innovate for Good is an online community for youth who are using technology to make a different in their community to collaborate, inspire, and support each other around the world.
If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft YouthSpark or getting involved, visit www.microsoft.com/youthspark.
Updated November 7, 2014 8:24 pm