Help youth gain access to computer science education through work with nonprofit organizations.
I'm often on Skype or email with the HQ for a nonprofit organization, working to learn what's working and what we can improve in our work together. I connect Microsoft and our other partners to resources and people who may be able to help our nonprofit partners in their mission and meet our YouthSpark vision for access to computer science education. You'd see me having a lot of conversations which at first may not make sense, but over time evolve into pieces of a puzzle that I'm putting together.
My partnerships are puzzles where I'm the solver working to get the pieces in the right place, making the connections by talking and listening to what my partners need and finding out what matters most, what motivates them, then try to find the right resources that will help them the most. You need a little of everything to do this job well, but most of all you need to listen and ideate about how to always improve. Curiosity, ideation, and open mindedness to evolve how you work are essential.
Here's the first step for high school students
Start volunteering at nonprofit organizations. Find a passion for the people or topic you're most interested in and try lots of things so your experience is diverse.