To provide under-served youth with learning opportunities, Microsoft launched its YouthSpark Initiative in 2012. To date, YouthSpark has helped over 227 million young people in over 100 countries. As part of this partnership, we work with over 350 nonprofits on over 30 programs including CityYear, with whom we’ve worked for over 15 years.
CityYear and Microsoft are two organizations looking to achieve results through the use of data. For instance, CityYear recently analyzed national Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data and discovered that students working with the organization in grades 3-9 improved their literacy and math skills by 1.4 times what was expected. We continue to work with City Year on finding innovative ways to improve its math curriculum. As a result, an expected 14,000 students will benefit from the new math curriculum this year.
For more information, read about our partnership with CityYear on the Microsoft New England Blog here.