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Microsoft’s YouthSpark Education Panel to Focus on Atlanta Youth Opportunity Gap

Friday, April 19, prominent leaders in Atlanta are meeting at a Microsoft YouthSpark Connection event at Morehouse College


By all accounts, the Atlanta youth opportunity gap is spreading along class and even racial lines.  On Friday, April 19, prominent leaders in Atlanta are meeting at a Microsoft YouthSpark Connection event at Morehouse College to discuss the opportunity divide in Atlanta, and what can be done to better meet the demands of the labor market through education.

According to an event press release, "the event will delve into the most up-to-date research on Atlanta’s youth, education and opportunity to see how we can better meet the demands of the labor market."

Marietta Davis, General Manager of the Greater Southeast District at Microsoft says, "Morehouse College student LaDarrius White, is a great example of how these programs can be successful. To continue furthering his tech education and career, LaDarrius will be joining Microsoft’s Academy of College Hires (MACH) program when he graduates this spring. Through the MACH program, LaDarrius will develop his skills and work towards his personal goal of starting his own web design and cyber security business."

A panel consisting of prominent leaders from Atlanta’s education, government and civic community will offer their perspectives and insights to address the youth opportunity divide. The 45 minute panel discussion will include the following Atlanta leaders:

  • Lenny Springs, US Department of Education, Senior Advisor, Federal Student Aid
  • Dr. John Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent
  • Wes Moore, Youth Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur and Host of Beyond Belief of the Oprah Winfrey Network
  • LaDarrius White,  Morehouse College, Senior, Computer Science Major & Microsoft Academy of College Hires Summer 2013
  • Lindsey Craft, Strategic Accounts Manager, Microsoft Education

Notable YouthSpark attendees include Dr. Bernice King;  Bryon Amos, Vice Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education; and Dr. Laivian Coleman, Year Up Atlanta

WHEN: Friday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Morehouse College – Shirley A. Massey’s Executive Conference Center

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