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Microsoft Grants Children's Home Society of Florida $7.3 Million For Tech Program

With over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accepting online applications, Tech Success Director Kelly Corcoran said at-risk kids need skills and training to be able to get jobs.
With over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accepting online applications, Tech Success Director Kelly Corcoran said at-risk kids need skills and training to be able to get jobs.
With over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accepting online applications, Tech Success Director Kelly Corcoran said at-risk kids need skills and training to be able to get jobs.
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With over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accepting online applications, Tech Success Director Kelly Corcoran said at-risk kids need skills and training to be able to get jobs.

The Children’s Home Society of Florida has a plan to help underprivileged kids gain technology success. Thanks to a $7.3 million dollar grant from Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative, the children’s home is launching Tech Success.

Seven-thousand kids from Florida’s juvenile justice system, living in foster care, or poverty now have a chance to close the learning gap they face from a lack of technology. A global initiative called YouthSpark by Microsoft is granting $7.3 million for kids in Florida to learn basic computer skills. Tech Success Program Director Kelly Corcoran says the gift will help children transition into adulthood.

“It represents the largest gift our organization has ever received, but also a tremendous investment from Microsoft in our community and our state and to the child welfare system,” Corcoran said.   

Microsoft will also donate money for every hour that its employees volunteer to The Children’s Home Society of Florida.

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