Microsoft announces global expansion of YouthSpark–focusing on computer science

| MSFT Chicago Staff

Microsoft TEALS

Today at DreamForce, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a 3-year, $75 million investment in our YouthSpark initiative to increase access to computer science education for all youth, and especially for those from under-represented backgrounds. Over the next three years, Microsoft will deliver on this commitment through cash grants and nonprofit partnerships, as well as unique program and content offerings, to increase access to computer science and computational thinking for diverse populations of youth.

One of the flagship programs is Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which pairs tech professionals from across the industry with classroom educators to team-teach computer science in U.S. high schools.  TEALS aims to grow five-fold in the next three years, with the goal of working with 2,000 tech industry volunteers to reach 30,000 students in nearly 700 schools across 33 states. Recently, we featured Chicago TEALS Volunteer Tony Smith on our blog—learn more about their experience here.

To learn more about Microsoft’s new commitment, visit the Microsoft News Center.

To hear Satya’s comments, click here.

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