Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

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27 Aug: Best Buy, pro athlete partner to bring Teen Tech Center to Selma

The first Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Alabama officially opened its doors on Tuesday.

Located on the campus of Wallace Community College in Selma (WCCS), the center is the result of a partnership among the college, Best Buy and pro football veteran Michael Johnson’s MJ 93-90 Foundation. Area teens will be able learn hands-on tech and workforce readiness skills, including music and video production, graphic design, robotics, virtual reality, coding and resume building.

The opening is a big milestone for Best Buy because it’s our 30th Teen Tech Center in operation, bringing us halfway toward our goal of 60 centers opened or identified by the end of 2020.

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30 Apr: Best Buy Picks Sites for Next 5 Teen Tech Centers

Best Buy is forging ahead with the rapid expansion of its Teen Tech Center program, announcing five new locations that will open in 2020.

We’re adding a location in Los Angeles, where we opened one in 2016. We’ll also open our first locations in El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose, California.

Teen Tech Centers are free, interactive learning spaces where teens can explore technology and learn how to use it with the help of other teens and adult mentors.

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29 Mar: Brooklyn is home to Best Buy’s newest Teen Tech Center

Jasmine Morris has been going to the King’s Highway branch of the Brooklyn Public Library almost daily since seventh grade. Now, a little over two years later, there’s more reason than ever to visit.

That’s because the library is now home to a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, a free, interactive learning space where teens like Jasmine can explore technology and learn how to use it. There are computers, cameras, virtual reality devices, a 3-D printer and full music studio.

“My first time going to the center, it was literally jaw-dropping,” Jasmine, 14, said at a grand opening event on Thursday.

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16 Nov: Cleveland Teen Tech Center is filling the talent pipeline

When you think of tech jobs, it’s often the creators of products and services who come to mind – the programmers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

But tech jobs come in many shapes and sizes. Some are behind the scenes, but just as crucial, like repair technicians or quality control associates. Through our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, we are preparing teens for all of the tech jobs of the future.

Our newest Teen Tech Center in Cleveland is doing just that. Regency Technologies, one of our longstanding electronics recycling partners, co-sponsored this Teen Tech Center, specifically with our Career Pathways program in mind.

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09 Nov: Eva Longoria Bastón, Best Buy team up on Teen Tech Center

Hollywood is buzzing about Eva Longoria Bastón’s latest project, a partnership with Best Buy to help get more teens into technology careers.

The Eva Longoria Foundation, which supports education and entrepreneurship for Latinas, announced Thursday that it will co-sponsor a new Best Buy Teen Tech Center in El Paso, Texas. It’s slated to open in late 2019 and will be a free, safe place where young people can creatively engage with the latest technology, including 3D printing, graphic design, film making, music production and virtual reality.

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20 Aug: Andre sees himself in teens he helps in Oakland

Andre Anthony Jr. can spot potential the moment it enters the room.

Sometimes it’s hidden, but he knows what to look for: a younger version of himself who’s dealing with the same struggles he did.

Andre, an Oakland native and Best Buy employee, found a way past those challenges. Now he’s helping students do the same every week at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Oakland, California, where he volunteers his time to help at-risk youth in the local community.

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31 Jul: Teens get a voice in new Best Buy awareness campaign

Martaize “Tez” Smith woke up early in the morning to practice his lines before the film crew arrived at his home in north Minneapolis.

The 15-year-old high school student is an aspiring filmmaker, but that day he was going to be on the other side of the camera. “I was a little nervous,” he said. “That was something I’ve never done before, but I’m a performer. That’s me. That’s who I am.”

Tez is one of three teens who star in a series of new digital videos that highlight the youth served by Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers, which provide teens from underserved communities around the U.S.

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31 Jul: Youth in underserved communities receive boost from best buy

 

Teen Tech Center network grows to 21 year-round training locations;

Local communities receive additional $20 million in funding; 

New public awareness campaign gives teens a platform for their stories

 

Minneapolis, July 31, 2018 – Best Buy announced today a campaign that will highlight teens from around the country who participate in the company’s Teen Tech Centers, a network of year-round programs designed to teach technology skills to youth living in underserved communities. This effort is part of a previously announced $20 million grant to the Best Buy Foundation to build out more than 60 of these centers and fund non-profit partners across the U.S.,

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25 Jun: Best Buy Reports on Sustainability Progress, Goals for 2020

Best Buy today released our latest Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, including two new sustainability goals as part of our Best Buy 2020 growth strategy.

This report is where we annually share our commitments and progress in the areas of community, people and the environment. We have seen increased interest from consumers and investors for companies to make a positive impact on the world.

For Best Buy, sustainability has been a priority for more than a decade, and we are proud of our successes, which not only benefit our stakeholders but make good business sense too.

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19 Dec: Chicago Teen Tech Center Students Become Hollywood Filmmakers

Students from the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Chicago spent a week on set helping to film a Hollywood movie. Now, they can see the result of their work from their own living room.  

Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission, a sci-fi family adventure starring Steve Guttenberg, is now available on DVD and digital and on-demand platforms. The movie is part of the Fresh Films teen filmmaking program supported by Best Buy.

Students at the Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl, a nonprofit cultural arts center, experimented with green screens and learned how visual effects are created as they filmed some of the movie’s most complex scenes.

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17 Nov: Best Buy Seeks Teen Tech Center Partners in 6 Cities

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center program is expanding nationwide, and we’re currently looking for nonprofit/public entity host partners in six new cities.

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are places where underserved teens can develop critical tech skills through hands-on activities. Those activities include programming, filmmaking, music production and design.

Each of our 11 current locations give students access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence and a foundation for school and career success. Our partnership with The Clubhouse Network connects members to a global community of more than 100 clubhouses in 20 countries.