Best Buy National Grant Partnerships

National Blue Gives Back:

Partners are national non-profit organizations committed to enhancing the lives of teens through high-quality tech curricula. Curricula should include hands on learning opportunities that lead to skill development and engage teens in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to close the digital skills gap.

National organizations will work closely with a number of unique community-based non-profit organizations serving youth in disinvested communities across the country. In partnership with the community-based organizations, national organizations will deliver tech focused programming to youth in each community and create meaningful opportunities for local Best Buy employees to engage as volunteers.

Goals of the Blue Gives Back Grant are:

  • Increase youth access to high-quality and tech-focused programming and skills training (prefer in-person delivery format).
  • Identify and work closely with 5-8 local programming sites from your existing network of preferred locations. See eligibility criteria for more information.
  • Partner with a local Best Buy employee – the Blue Gives Back Champion – to identify volunteer requirements and provide volunteer opportunities to Best Buy employees.
  • Develop social capital for program participants (e.g., networking, career panels, etc.).

See the RFP for additional information and eligibility criteria.

Blue Gives Back Grant Application Details

  • RFP details
  • Application Portal
  • Application available: December 19, 2022
  • Application due: February 12, 2023
  • Information Sessions:
    • Option 1: December 21, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom).
    • Option 2: January 12, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom).
    • Contact Wally Osman at awale.osman@bestbuy.com with any questions about the information sessions.
  • Drop-in Office Hour Sessions:
    • January 17, 2023: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom).
    • January 25, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom).
    • Contact Wally Osman at awale.osman@bestbuy.com with any questions about the drop-in office hour sessions.

National Career Pathway Partner:

National Partner grantees play an integral role in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center Career Pathways program, delivering industry-relevant and focused curricula. To deliver more accessible and relevant tech skills training, the Career Pathways National Partner program is structured into short-form and long-form.

Short-form National Partner Programs components include:

  • Providing at least 6 learning cycles ranging from 3-12 weeks at designated sites over the course of the year.
  • Serve youth ages 13-21.
  • Programming focused on technical skills development and career awareness.
  • Project-based learning opportunities.
  • Internship is not required.

 

Long-form National Partner Programs components include:

  • One program with a consistent cohort delivered over 4-7 months at 2-5 sites.
  • Programming should be delivered at least once per week.
  • Serve youth ages 16-21.
  • Rigorous programming focused on technical skills training, development, and career exploration.
  • Collaboration and alignment with BBTTC on soft skills components (taught by BBTTC staff but connections should be made with National Partner programs)
  • Long-form National Partners are required to offer a paid summer internships.

 

2022-2023 National Career Pathways Support Partners:

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who viewed, shared, or submitted the application for the 2021-2022 grant cycle. Application for the 2022-2023 program will open in spring 2023.