Cast Your Vote in the YouthSpark Challenge for Change Contest

Photo: Odunola Ojewumi

Photo: Odunola Ojewumi

Young people are passionate about helping the world, so Microsoft started the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest to help young people go far with their pro-social projects. The contest is down to 20 finalists, and YOU can help pick the top five winners.

Public voting is going on till 11:59 ET today (make sure to cast your vote!). The five lucky winners will get to go to Kenya to do volunteer work and receive $2,500 to help fund their projects. And to give them a Microsoft edge, they’ll also be getting an Xbox 360 with Kinect and a Windows Phone 8.

As always, we can’t tell you who to vote for, but we do encourage you to check out the finalists and cast your vote. There are some pretty impressive people in the running. Examples? Ola Ojewumi was named one of Glamour Magazine’s 2012 “Top 10 College Women,” for starting the Sacred Hearts foundation and Project Ascend, and Andrea Nichols has spoken at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference and started D*Serve to help kids with entrepreneurial education.

Some of the finalists have already started their own nonprofits, and others are hoping this could be an opportunity that allows them to go further with their pro-social visions. So scroll through the contestants and see what they’ve got going on. You can also check out special vids they’ve made! Maybe one (or more) of them are passionate about an issue that also really matters to you.

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