Microsoft has donated $4.7 million in software and resources to the National Guard Youth Foundation to support the organization’s job training and skill development programs.
The donation from Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative will support the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program which includes 9,000 out of school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the National Guard Youth Foundation said Tuesday.
Curt Kolcun, Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector vice president, said the donation will provide ChalleNGe participants with “tools and resources that will help them prepare for graduation and build the skill set necessary to compete in today’s workforce.”
“As a nation, we can’t afford to let one million young people drop out of school and expect to remain competitive in the global economy,” he added.
Under the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, students aged 16 to 18 year old, undergo a 17-month voluntary second-chance program to help them earn a high school diploma, GED, or return to high school.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a joint partnership between Microsoft and Morehouse College to provide students and educators in Atlanta with free IT training.