Youth Spark Closes Gap In Innovation

Do you want to help your child ages 3-24 discover their passion in Computer Technology fields? Visit Youth Spark Hub to help your child close the gap on their technology skills.  In the future companies will require more employees with computer skills in the workplace. However, studies show that some of our children don’t have the interest or are lacking access to valuable resources, training and skills to empower our youth to change the world.

Photo Credit: Microsoft/Youthspark

Photo Credit: Microsoft/Youthspark

We had the opportunity to join a Youth Spark roundtable in Southern California and witnessed the impact the program is making in the lives of our children.   We learned that one of the areas that are hardest hit is our young adults.   After youth graduate from high school many of our kids are making a decision not to pursue college or are unable to find employment after they graduate.

Through Youth Spark youth ages 6-24 can  learn about cool new technologies, build valuable skills, and imagine ways to create innovative apps. Youth Spark also will also provide access to free software, computer programming training hubs and show you how other youth around the world are changing the world.   It is a great place for youth to get inspired about careers in Technology and learn about computers even if you don’t know where to start.

For additional information visit the YouthSpark Hub.


YouthSpark Grants

Microsoft provides cash grants to eligible organizations whose missions and activities support youth development. For more information, see our Nonprofit FAQ.

Microsoft also donates software and services to a broad array of eligible nonprofit organizations. Visit software donation page for more information on eligibility and how to apply.


Inland Moms events: 5K/10K Fun Run For Down Syndrome Awareness

Inland Moms had a great time running the Inland Empire Down Syndrome 5k/10k. We ran for our friends Eliana & Makailia and their families. During the walk to tweeted and shared facebook updates to raise awareness about Down Syndrome, the most commonly occurring genetic condition worldwide.

Down Syndrome crosses all race, nationality, religion, ages and social economic status lines. In the United States, 1 in every 691 babies are born w/ Down Syndrome, about 6000 births per year.

Most children with Down Syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Children with Down Syndrome are not very different from a typical child, in fact they are more alike than different.