Microsoft announced today new and expanded programs for youth and is reporting on Microsoft YouthSpark, an initiative aimed at helping young people worldwide to gain technical skills and education.
- The TEALS program(Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) is doubling its reach in the U.S. This year, TEALS is placing software engineers as volunteer computer science teachers in 131 high schools across 18 states plus Washington, D.C.
- Across all full-line Microsoft Stores in the United States and Canada, YouthSpark Summer Camps are expanding to a full school year program of field trips for K-12 students.
- Microsoft is launching Imagine Cup 2015, the worldwide student technology contest. Students ages 16 and older are invited to register for the Imagine Cup 2015 season .
- Microsoft is expanding its Digital Literacy Curriculum to 10 more languages to increase youth access to the basic technology skills.