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.
Ensuring youth are future-ready
Microsoft has donated more than $150 million in software, cloud services, cash grants and employee time to BGCA 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 BGCA to develop a suite of computer science programs that build in skill level and supported the launch of the My.Future platform.
Today, Microsoft's technology-driven efforts include:
- 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.
- 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.
Learn more about our partnership and how computer science and technology are changing lives in both urban and rural communities across the nation.
About Microsoft’s mission
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.