Forget donating technology or throwing money at philanthropic programs. One of the leading technology companies is rolling out yet another corporate social responsibility program on a global scale. Microsoft’s YouthSpark program could become one of the great skills and job training successes of this decade. With its $500 million dedicated to boost the skills of up to 300 million youths worldwide, young people across the world who are disengaged because of a sluggish global economy could find some hope. Whether they use Skype In The Classroom, leverage Microsoft’s suite of developer and programming tools or find ways to link up with entrepreneurs, investors or mentors, YouthSpark is picking up where other institutions are failing.

Read the entire article, one of my latest this week on Guardian Sustainable Business.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.