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
Creating IT Futures – Founded in 1998 by the global IT trade association CompTIA, Creating IT Futures is a 501c3 charity that builds better on-ramps to IT careers for adults and youth under-represented in the field. Our NextUp initiative works closely with like-minded partners to introduce hands-on tech activities to young people and provide them with a supportive community of peers and mentors. Our nonprofit workforce programs leverage CompTIA’s wide network of companies and IT pros. We are headquartered in Downers Grove, IL.
Cyber-Seniors – Inspired by the award-winning documentary film ‘Cyber-Seniors’, the nonprofit organization Cyber-Seniors:Connecting Generations (CSCG) trains teens to become technology mentors for older adults. The program provides teens with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of technology in a real-world setting and offers valuable work-readiness training for tech-dependent careers. Cyber-Seniors has international reach and has been the recipient of several awards in technology innovation. Most recently it has been selected by HundrED.org as one of the world’s top 100 most inspiring innovations that are changing the face of K-12 education.
EveryOne On – At EveryoneOn, we believe in the democratizing power of the internet and technology, especially for low-income and marginalized communities. Our mission is to create social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers, and delivering digital skills trainings.
Fresh Films (aka Dreaming Tree) Fresh Films’ mission as a non-profit film studio is to develop Emmy-nominated youth and family films, TV shows and documentaries while engaging, mentoring and training underserved youth in the film-production process at all levels. Our programs build technical and 21st century workplace skills that prepare and place diverse youth into internships, jobs and career paths within the $771B media & entertainment industry. Fresh Films is a production company and a training ground for youth. See our recent show with Reese Witherspoon and 21 teen girls on DirectTV or watch and learn more at www.freshfilms.org.
The GRAMMY Museum – Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation – Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF offers a continuum of programs, including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT), Hispanic Heritage Awards and Public Awareness Campaigns.
MOUSE – Mouse, which recently merged with Code/Interactive, is a national nonprofit that empowers all youth and educators to engage with computer science and creative technology to make meaningful change in our world. With a commitment to fostering greater equity, diversity, and humanity in STEM, we will bring together the people, programs and platforms necessary to meet the full range of creative computing needs — and expand our reach to many more young people around the country, especially those in underserved communities.
Operation Hope – Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults. Our focus is ﬁnancial dignity and inclusion. We equip young people and adults with the ﬁnancial tools and education to secure a better future—coaching them through their personal aspirations and life’s challenges and facilitating their journey to ﬁnancial independence. Since 1992, we have been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved.
Project Invent – Project Invent is a national nonprofit empowering high school students to invent technologies for social good. Students use design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship skills to solve real problems in their own communities. From smart wallets to detect bill denominations to football helmets that can detect early signs of concussion, students have developed inventions to change the world. We are empowering the next generation of innovators and changemakers, through invention.
The Clubhouse Network (TCN) –The Clubhouse Network 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.
YR Media – YR Media partners top professionals with underserved youth (ages 14-24) to create top-quality media and equal opportunity for all young people in the media, the marketplace, and their Communities. YR has a 25-year history as the nation’s leading syndicator of youth voices to an audience of 14MM+. YR is the winner of 60+ of journalism’s most prestigious awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Columbia-duPont and recognition from the White House. We have contributed influential reporting on every modern issue shaping our nation, from health care access to juvenile justice to innovations in technology.