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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.

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25 Oct: Best Buy Making Major Investment in Teen Tech Programs

Early on a bitterly cold Saturday in January 2006, 30 eager teens gathered in Minneapolis’ North High School gym to make the first computers they’d ever own.

A handful of Geek Squad Agents arrived with desktop components. They patiently explained the inner workings and possibilities of what they and the students would build together. By the end of the day, each of those proud teens had an invaluable learning tool to take home.    

That event marked the beginning of a Best Buy movement to help underserved young people.

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16 May: Best Buy, Sony Team Up to Give Teens Access to Technology

Anthony Sanchez, a high school sophomore, always dreamed of producing music with his friends. Now, thanks to Best Buy and Sony, he’ll be able to make music and much more.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center presented by Sony officially opened on Monday, May 15. It has all the technology Anthony needs to feed his creativity while paving the way for college and a career. The center, housed at the San Marcos Boys & Girls Club about 35 miles outside of San Diego, is equipped with new computers, cameras and, yes, a recording studio.

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01 May: Best Buy Adds 4 Teen Tech Centers in Minnesota

Best Buy is growing its network of after-school tech programs for teens by adding four new locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

That makes for 15 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the United States. The free centers are open year-round and give underserved teens hands-on access to the latest technology.

The new Minnesota Teen Tech Centers are located at:

  • Brian Coyle Center (Minneapolis)
  • Hope Community (Minneapolis)
  • Keystone Community Services (St. Paul)
  • YMCA (Downtown St. Paul)

They join the existing Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library, which has been operating since January 2013.

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13 Dec: Best Buy Plans to Nearly Double Number of Teen Tech Centers

Jacqueline Arana is a high school sophomore in Los Angeles who credits access to technology and advice from mentors for inspiring her goals of law school and filmmaking.

It wouldn’t be possible without the Bresee Youth Center, which recently joined with Best Buy to create a Teen Tech Center. It’s a state-of-the-art facility where students learn a wide range of tech skills, including digital filmmaking, 3-D design, coding and app development.

Jacqueline is already loving the new center and getting access to the latest tech, including being able “to use the cameras the professionals use.”

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13 Dec: Best Buy to Confront the Oppportunity Gap by Nearly Doubling its Teen Tech Center Network

 

  • Best Buy issues call-for-entries to open nine new Teen Tech Centers in 2017, expanding national network to 20 locations in challenged urban communities
  • Year-round training will reach thousands more underserved teens, helping them leverage technology for a wide variety of future career paths
  • Accelerated outreach effort addresses projections that 77 percent of all jobs will require tech skills in coming decade

 

Minneapolis, Dec. 13, 2016 – More of the nation’s underserved teens will have access to free technology tools and training as Best Buy today announces plans to add nine new Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to its year-round support network in 2017.

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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.