Access to Technology

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06 Nov: 5 ways Teen Tech Centers help bridge the gap in STEM

We love tech, and we’re committed to sharing that love with teens who might otherwise not have access.

Best Buy first launched Teen Tech Centers in 2012 to help teens from disinvested communities explore technology. Since then, we’ve opened 35 Teen Tech Centers across the country, with plans to expand to more than 100 in the next five years.

These are places where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, filmmaking, music production and design.

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06 Nov: In pandemic, partners help get tech to teens

From access to software to learning the latest tech, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are helping address the opportunity gap for teens in disinvested communities.

We know we can’t do it alone, so we work with a range of partners across the country — including a number of our vendor partners — to empower youth with the technology and tools they need to thrive now and in the future.  

“What we’re trying to do with our Teen Tech Centers and Career Pathways programs is really to help build brighter futures for teens,” said Andrea Wood, vice president of social impact.

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17 Mar: Helping to Bridge the Nation’s Digital Divide in 2016

Despite incredible advances in technology to help Americans connect, interact and learn, more and more young people are being left behind as the digital divide persists.

Youth from underserved communities and lower-income families often lack access to tech tools like computers and Internet connections — along with training in how to use them. This creates a very real challenge for preparing the next generation of talent our country needs to compete and succeed in a global economy.

Best Buy is intensifying efforts this year to confront the technology gap through expanded programs that help underserved young people develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in their future careers.

23 May: Best Buy Awards More Than $1 Million to 2012 Scholarship Program Winners

MINNEAPOLIS, May 23, 2012 – Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) today announced the 2012 Best Buy Scholarship Program winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 scholarship for demonstrating excellence in academic achievements, volunteer efforts and work experience. This year, scholarships will be awarded to 1,106 students in grades 9-12, living in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study upon high school graduation. Best Buy and Best Buy Children’s Foundation are focused on opportunities to help teen students prepare for a brighter future with dollars for college tuition.