National Grants Program funds nine strategic partners who provide curriculum and programming for our new Career Pathways program. Career Pathways is a program piloted in our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers that offers teens a bridge to success through mentoring, career readiness preparation and internships. It’s a deeper investment we are making in these teens by not only preparing them for jobs, but by helping them gain real world job experience.
Current Best Buy National Partners
Cyber Seniors – Cyber-Seniors: Connecting Generations (CSCG) trains teens to teach technology to older adults to help bridge the generational technology gap and help expand both teens’ and seniors’ social networks.
Fresh Films (Dreaming Tree) – puts teens on-set of films, documentaries and TV shows to grow technical & career readiness skills. Teens rotate through all key film positions gaining exposure and experience with a myriad of STEAM careers in the growing $695 media industry. FF 1-day camps and in-school curricula also introduce media-making and careers to educators and youth.
The GRAMMY Museum – The mission of the GRAMMY Museum is to explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards. We seek to educate all Museum visitors and members on the continuing cultural significance of popular and classical music. Beyond this, our education mission uses music as a gateway to learning; inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking and self-expression.
By incorporating the advice of classroom teachers, locally, regionally, and nationally; by supporting high school music programs that will foster the education of the next generation of music makers; and by engaging the expertise of Recording Academy members, the GRAMMY Museum offers the most dynamic and exciting educational programs available from music museums today.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation – Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) inspires, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities in areas including technology. HHF offers a continuum of programs, including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT), Hispanic Heritage Awards and Public Awareness Campaigns.
Jobs for the Future – JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For 35 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. Join us as we build a future that works.
Mouse – Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. Mouse empowers all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. Mouse is committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.
Per Scholas – Per Scholas is a 23-year-old nonprofit, founded in the South Bronx, that drives social change through intensive, tuition-free technology training. We prepare motivated and curious unemployed or underemployed adults for successful careers as IT professionals, and connect growing companies to diverse IT talent. We have served more than 7,000 diverse, capable yet overlooked low-income individuals since our very first IT training program launched in 1998. Since 2012, we have grown nationally to include sites in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, and the National Capital Region, as well as a second New York site in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The Clubhouse Network (TCN) – is a global community of 100 Clubhouses and Best Buy Teen Tech Centers in 19 countries, providing 25,000 youth per year with a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment to work with adult mentors and explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology. In the process young people gain access to resources, skills, and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives. TCN provides Best Buy Teen Tech Centers with start-up and ongoing professional development, evaluation and assessment tools, and access to a global community.
Youth Radio – Youth Radio’s mission is to launch young people on career and education pathways by engaging them in work-based learning opportunities, creative expression, professional development, and health and academic support services.