Microsoft is proud to bring We Day back to Seattle!

The following post is from Lisa Brummel, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Microsoft.

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Microsoft YouthSpark reporters Gabrielle, Delaney and Keilon joined We Day co-host Munro Chambers from the hit TeenNick TV show “Degrassi” at We Day Seattle 2013.
We at Microsoft are inspired by today’s youth. We are amazed by their compassion and determination to make a difference in the lives of others.

There is nothing quite like seeing the brilliant spark of an idea in the eyes of a young person – apart, perhaps, from seeing it in the eyes of 15,000 young people! I will have that privilege today at KeyArena at the second annual Seattle We Day event as part of Microsoft’s three-year commitment to sponsor Free The Children’s signature event and the We Act in-school program in Washington state and California.

We were thrilled to see the thousands of teenage change-agents at We Day Seattle last year and are proud to support this global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young people to help others. These are star-studded arena events full of motivational speakers, leaders and celebrities. Students today will hear from Edward Norton, Joe Jonas, Cody Simpson and the Seattle Seahawks, to name just a few. San Francisco’s line-up later in the month will include Seth Rogen, Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez, Martin Sheen and Magic Johnson.

But the real stars, of course, are the amazing high school students who are being rewarded for their We Act community service commitments. My goal in speaking to these young people is to encourage them to keep following their passions and to leverage the power of technology to make the world a better place. At Microsoft, we know that it can happen, because we’ve seen it time and time again. My words today will be simple: each person in the arena can be whoever they want to be and go wherever they want to go, and technology can help them get there faster.

YouthSpark Reporter Natasha Babayan is a great example of this. She’s a Seattle high school senior and an active volunteer at her local Boys & Girls Club. Natasha returned to her parents’ hometown in Armenia a few years ago and was stunned by its poverty-hampered struggle to rebuild after an earthquake that had struck decades before. She was deeply affected by the hardships she saw people enduring – homes made of steel scraps, leaking ceilings, long walks to fetch water from a well. When Free The Children brought its community service curriculum, We Act, to her high school last year, Natasha’s empathy turned to action. She raised money to build schools in the developing world. Natasha is also a high school intern here at Microsoft passionate about technology’s ability to shape the world – one of about 2,000 student interns we hire each year.

I get fired up by stories like Natasha’s!

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