Microsoft

For two decades, Microsoft and Boys & Girls Clubs have been changing lives by providing access to technology resources and computer science education to kids and teens.

Microsoft has donated more than $150 million in software, cloud services, cash grants and employee time to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local Clubs to ensure our youth are future-ready with access to digital skill and computer science education. This support has helped build Club technology centers nationwide, allowed Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop a suite of computer science programs that build in skill level and supported the launch of the My.Future platform.

#MakeWhatsNext GIRLS CAMPAIGN

March 8th-April 27th, 2018

With girls accounting for more than half of our membership, we have a tremendous responsibility to advance gender parity, especially in Computer Science (CS) and other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is partnering with Microsoft to celebrate igniting girls' interest in computer science through the #MakeWhatsNext campaign from International Women's Day on March 8th through April 27th. Share our message on social media in support of empowering girls to make what's next by becoming the newest generation of STEM leaders.

Clubs Igniting STEM for Girls

How do we get girls excited about STEM? In its simplest form, the answer is like a science experiment itself: we give them access and watch what happens. By Elizabeth Fowlkes, Senior Vice President of Youth Development for BGCA.

Ensuring youth are future-ready Computer Science Education

Microsoft is assisting in the creation of educational resources to help kids learn basic computational thinking, advanced coding, game design and application development. Leveraging the newly launched My.Future platform, youth can earn digital badges and recognition for computer science skills and accomplishments. In addition to educational resources, Microsoft has supported the development of nationally accredited trainings, both offline and online that help Club staff learn skills to administer the programing.

Learn more about how computer science and technology are changing lives in both urban and rural communities across the nation through our partnership.

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Building Club Capacity and Training

Microsoft is helping build Club capacity and training through the Youth Development Institutes in 2018. These regionally focused conferences target youth development professionals in increasing high quality youth development practices with youth. In addition, BGCA is integrating computer science, My.Future and device/policy trainings in all upcoming Youth Development Institutes to build sustainability of digital skills and computer science in our Clubs.

 

Digitizing Youth Experiences

Microsoft is contributing cloud services like Azure and Power BI to transform IT infrastructures at Clubs and build new, interactive online experiences for kids and teens. Microsoft also supports the back-end technology infrastructure to deliver a smoother user experience for Club members accessing the newly launched My.Future platform.