Microsoft has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981, and we have witnessed the region’s tremendous growth and corresponding challenges. Over the decades we’ve partnered with local non-profits, educators, and the public sector to help address pressing social issues and assist people in making the most of its opportunities. Our hope is that by joining together in a cross-sector, all-hands approach we can face community issues head on through innovation and investment.

With more than 2,000 Microsoft employees working across the Bay Area on teams including Xbox, Outlook.com, Skype, and Yammer, we all have a personal stake in bettering the lives of people in our local communities.

Here in the online pages of Catalyst, we spotlight some of our local and national partners, in the hope that others will join the effort to make the Bay Area a place where everyone—especially young people—can reach their full potential.

Sid Espinosa Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement Microsoft, Silicon Valley

To learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to youth and education, visit our YouthSpark Hub or follow us on Twitter at @msftcitizenship.