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YouthSpark: Digital Skills and Computer Science
Description/achievement of initiative

<p>At Microsoft Philanthropies we believe in advancing a future for everyone, where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more.&nbsp;We focus on empowering people: Economies and societies are being rapidly transformed by technology. As a result, digital skills are becoming essential to the jobs of today and tomorrow. One of the greatest challenges we face is ensuring everyone has access to the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. We're committed to ensuring people aren't left behind.&nbsp;We&rsquo;re working to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities technology provides, in a digital economy that benefits everyone.</p>

Implementation methodologies

<p><strong><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Career Pathways: </span></strong><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Invest in organisations to provide the career skills for digital economy. $10M to organizations serving under-represented populations.&nbsp; 25,000 individuals in the US for a skills based labor market.&nbsp;</span><strong style="outline-color: transparent; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; cursor: text;"><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Youth Spark Digital Skills</span></strong><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">: Increase equitable, high-quality computer science programs. Decrease gaps in participation. Generate demand for computer science education teachers. 50% female. 80% from underserved communities .&nbsp;</span><strong style="outline-color: transparent; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; cursor: text;"><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Youth in Fragile Situations: </span></strong><span style="margin: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Humanitarian work to empower displaced youth, young girls. partner with UN &amp; nonprofits to provide digital skills and training for livelihoods. committed to Sustainable Development: UNICEF for 75M Children and Youth on the Move, UNHCR to reach 25K refugee Youth in Kakuma, UNDP on Digital Skills for youth in Africa and Asia.</span></p>

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Partner(s)

Microsoft; Girls who code; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Organismo Internacional de Juventud para Iberoamérica (OIJ); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Progress reports
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 8
Goal 16
12 / 2019
15,505,210 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills
Other, please specify
In-kind contribution
<p>We Strengthen the ability of nonprofit organizations, UN organizations and schools to offer computer science education, Through digital transformation, donation of technology, and resources on digital skills</p>

Basic information
Time-frame: 2018-07-01 - 2019-12-30
Partners
Microsoft; Girls who code; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Organismo Internacional de Juventud para Iberoamérica (OIJ); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Countries
Contact information
Jennifer Brooks, Director of UN Relations, jenbrook@microsoft.com
United Nations