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October 8, 2012

Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat – YouthSpark #winchat

This week I’m pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Microsoft Citizenship team to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart – youth empowerment. I have spent time on and off teaching in public schools, educating on mountain slopes and talking to kids about science and technology because I feel it’s critical for our future. That’s why I’m going a little off topic this week from a focus on all-things Windows, to talk about students, education and YouthSpark. YouthSpark is a companywide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world over the next three years. It focuses on empowering youth, unleashing future innovators and growing job skills by providing more access to technology. In short, the goal is to help youth to change their world by giving them the tools and access necessary to do so.

To do all that, Citizenship has developed new initiatives like Give for Youth, a micro-giving site, the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub for online exploration of the program and Innovate for Good, a global online youth community for collaboration, inspiration and support of each other. So, please join us to find out about these initiatives and learn how to get your students or yourself involved.

Plus, I’ll be giving away two PCs this chat – one to a winner and one for you to give to a youth-focused nonprofit in your community. The winner will receive two Dell Inspiron 15R Windows PCs to give to the local program of their choosing. And see more about the work the citizenship team is doing in this inspiring video below.

To participate in the Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat:

  1. Join us from 12-1 PT (3-4 ET) on Twitter
  2. Follow the hashtag #winchat
  3. Follow @windows, @kristinalibby, @brandonleblanc, @daniellaycock, @windowsblog, and @msftcitizenship to make sure you get the whole picture.
  4. For full legal rules, click here.

Note we will only be talking about the outlined topic each week and we will not be answering questions outside those topics. Questions for this week may include: What is YouthSpark? What is Give for Youth? What is Microsoft Citizenship?