Over the course of two decades, Microsoft has donated more than $150 million in software, cloud services, cash grants and employee time to BGCA and local Boys & Girls Clubs to provide young people access to online and computing resources. This support has helped build Club technology centers, allowed BGCA to develop its first technology program and created MyClubMyLife.com and the Digital Arts Suite.
Today, Microsoft's technology-driven efforts include:
- Computer Science Education Pathway – Microsoft is assisting in the creation of educational resources to help kids learn basic computational thinking, advanced coding, game design and application development. Youth earn digital badges for computer science skills and accomplishments. Nationally accredited trainers help Club staff learn skills to administer the program.
- Digital Youth Development Initiative – Microsoft is contributing to BGCA’s Digital Youth Development Initiative by using cloud services like Azure and Power BI to transform IT infrastructures at Clubs and build a new, interactive online experience for kids and teens. Microsoft is also helping BGCA rebuild its back-end technology infrastructure to deliver a smoother user experience for Club members accessing the My.Future platform.
Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Through YouthSpark, Microsoft focuses on young people’s access to computer science education so they can learn this fundamental skill and develop computational-thinking and problem-solving abilities critical to their successful future.