IYS Career Readiness Club named as part of Microsoft’s National TechSpark Program

Klamath Falls, OR — Sept. 4th, 2023 — Integral Youth Services (IYS), a Klamath Falls-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth develop life skills and realize their full potential, announced a $50,000 Microsoft TechSpark grant to support the Career Readiness club. The funding will help bridge the digital divide for underserved youth in the Klamath Basin and provide access to technology and career education. 

The IYS Afterschool Club serves students ages 13 and up from diverse backgrounds, many of whom have limited access to computers and technology at home, or access to a mentorship. The Microsoft TechSpark grant will allow IYS to help students build skills that are crucial for success in future careers. Students will learn digital literacy, online certifications, and career skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and workplace communication. They will also connect with local industry professionals to explore various career paths and get valuable real-world feedback. 

“We are thrilled to receive this generous support from Microsoft TechSpark,” said Taylor Hampton, Development Director at IYS. “It will allow us to significantly enhance the technology and career-readiness resources we provide to youth in our community. By giving students the opportunity to develop these skills at a young age, we are opening up more possibilities for their future success and helping to build a stronger, more equitable workforce. 

The IYS Afterschool Club will be available to students starting Wednesday, September 13th at no cost to families. Students will recieve $25 just for attending the course, and there are scholarships available for top performers of the class.

To learn more, or be a part of this opportunity, sign up here