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 GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also 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. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include 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 leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.