Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

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20 Feb: Video series follows Teen Tech Center youth pursuing passions: VRtual Art

We’re excited to introduce “Passion Projects,” a video series that shares the stories of teens who are not just dreamers but doers. Fueled by the support of dedicated mentors, these young talents are turning self-assigned projects into achievements.

Youth across the United States are unlocking these opportunities through Best Buy Teen Tech Centers™, a program of the Best Buy Foundation™. Teen Tech Centers are a network of creative, youth-centered community hubs where teens can engage with the latest technology, learn real-world career skills and interact with safe and supportive mentors.

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18 Jan: Teens pitch invention to tech leaders in Silicon Valley

On the surface it doesn’t look like much, but a prototype device held together by duct tape and anchored with plastic bottles could solve a problem that’s been plaguing an Indianapolis community for decades.

The device earned a group of teenagers from the Best Buy Teen Tech Center® powered by Klipsch at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Indianapolis a trip to Silicon Valley. They designed the prototype filtration device to filter water at Belmont Beach. The beach is polluted with sewer and storm runoff water and for years was a dumping ground for industrial chemicals and slaughterhouse waste.

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20 Sep: LA teens win tech challenge with street food app

More than 40 youth from Best Buy Teen Tech Centers™ across Los Angeles learned about entrepreneurship and market research this summer. Then they put their skills to use in a tech innovation challenge.

The teens’ ideas varied from environmentally sustainable school lunches, to an app to find local music events, to an educational video game.

“I was very impressed with how the young people took issues that they saw in their communities and industry and explored new ways to address them,” said Chheav, a Best Buy social impact manager.

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12 Apr: 10th Best Buy Teen Tech Center opens in Minnesota

We’re excited to celebrate a major milestone in Minnesota today with the opening of the state’s 10th Best Buy Teen Tech Center®, a program of the Best Buy Foundation. The new center, located at the Richfield Middle School Boys & Girls Club powered by Premium Retail, is the 53rd Teen Tech Center to open.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation’s signature program, and Best Buy is committed to help build 100 Teen Tech Centers across the country by 2025.

TTC Charlotte Blog

08 Feb: First Teen Tech Center in North Carolina opens in Charlotte

Youth in Charlotte, N.C., will now have access to cutting-edge technology and training with the opening of the first Best Buy Teen Tech Center® in the state.

The Teen Tech Center, a program of the Best Buy Foundation, will be housed at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and powered by Charlotte-based Atrium Health, a nonprofit health system. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center program, making Charlotte the 52nd center to join the growing network across the country.

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08 Dec: Best Buy, Hollywood Reporter partner on scholarship for young women

Best Buy is empowering the next generation of Hollywood producers, script writers and filmmakers by supporting young people from disinvested communities across Los Angeles county.  

We have partnered with The Hollywood Reporter to provide a full scholarship to Loyola Marymount University to a mentee in the publication’s acclaimed Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program (WIE). In addition, program participants will have access to the Los Angeles Community Impact Hub, a network of up to 12 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers® that provide access to cutting-edge technology and career training opportunities. 

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06 Dec: Best Buy, Banijay partner for career development initiative in Hollywood

A new partnership between Best Buy Foundation and Banijay Americas, a division of Banijay, the world’s leading producer and distributor of international content, is set to launch early next year, creating an entertainment industry career development program for youth from disinvested neighborhoods across Los Angeles.

Through the career development program, Banijay Americas will collaborate to develop a TV production curriculum tailored to participants at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers®, a Best Buy Foundation program that connects youth with the latest cutting-edge technology, mentoring and career training.

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29 Sep: Best Buy, Google team up for new Teen Tech Center in California

Today, The Best Buy Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center® at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San José, California. The center provides teens with access to cutting-edge technology, including tools for film, digital media, audio engineering and music production. 

Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is co-funding the Teen Tech Center. Their contribution to MACLA will support the work the center is doing to provide tech access, digital skills training and mentorship for youth.

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19 Aug: Minnesota Twins pitch Best Buy Teen Tech Center youth on tech in sports

The Minnesota Twins on Wednesday hosted 50 participants from local Best Buy® Teen Tech CentersTM for a major league lesson in how pro baseball is on the cutting edge of tech.

“Technology is an integral part of any business and is especially relevant in sports,” said Ann Miller, a Twins spokesperson. “Teens who dream of a career in sports — or tech — will be introduced to a whole new avenue to realize these goals.”

The teens’ trip to the ballpark is part of an ongoing partnership between Best Buy and the Twins to engage the community and provide educational and career-preparedness opportunities to youth.

TTC internship blog

17 Aug: Best Buy Teen Tech Center members take their learnings to summer internships

For Garrison Graham, now a Best Buy product flow specialist in Virginia, what started out as weekly visits to his local Teen Tech Center has now evolved into a paid, in-store internship experience.  

Earlier this year, Garrison was given the opportunity to become one of 20 in our Career Pathways program, which focuses on the career development of the members of Teen Tech Centers, where he transitioned from Teen Tech Center member to Best Buy intern.  

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers® provide safe, after-school spaces where teens can get hands-on experience with the latest technology alongside adult mentors and volunteers.

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19 May: Best Buy commits $10M to grow opportunities for youth in Los Angeles

Best Buy today announced we’re committing $10 million to build a new network of opportunities for youth in disinvested communities in Los Angeles. 

Called the Community Impact Hub, it was created in collaboration with founding partners The Annenberg Foundation and the Greater LA Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. This model will create up to 12 new Teen Tech Centers in the LA area by 2023.

The initiative builds on a five-year plan we unveiled last year to address underrepresentation, technology inequities and educational and career opportunities for those who need it most.

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15 Jan: Best Buy, Popsockets partner to bring teens’ designs to store shelves

For the first time, teens from Best Buy’s community programs will see products they designed on store shelves thanks to a partnership between Best Buy and PopSockets.

Four up-and-coming artists from Best Buy’s Teen Tech Center network were paired with designers at PopSockets who served as mentors throughout the process. The students created their own PopGrips, small, round attachments that connect to the backs of phones and tablets to help users hold and prop up their devices.

The teen-designed PopGrips will be sold as a part of Best Buy’s Black History Month campaign.