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:
- Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, Inc.
- Fresh Films
- Games For Change
- GRAMMY Museum
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation
- New Vision Foundation
- PBS Newshour
- Project Invent
- SEED SPOT
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.
2021-2022 National Blue Gives Back 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 the fall.