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.
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.
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.
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.
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.