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23 Sep: The search is on! Best Buy looking for Teen Tech Center partners in 3 cities

Our Best Buy Teen Tech Center program is expanding, and we’re looking for local nonprofit partners to serve as hosts for new locations in three cities.

We’re planning to open Teen Tech Centers in Raleigh, North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; and Nashville, Tennessee. Established Nonprofits and other public-entity organizations interested in hosting a Teen Tech Center in those markets are invited to apply by Oct. 29.

Teen Tech Centers are safe after-school spaces where teens can get hands-on experience with cutting edge technology under the guidance of youth development coordinators.

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27 Jul: Best Buy CEO talks with Teen Tech Center students [VIDEO]

What happens when a CEO gets together with some teens and their mentors?

A thoughtful and engaging conversation about their experiences at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers and how those spaces — and the coordinators there — have helped them learn and grow.

That’s exactly what took place when Best Buy’s own Corie Barry recently chatted with Teen Tech Center students and mentors at the Best Buy Charity Classic, the Best Buy Foundation’s signature fundraising event.

“I can’t wait to see where you take your lives, and I love that you’re lifting up your talents and the things that are amazing and unique about each of you,” Corie told the teens.

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14 Jul: Best Buy customers can now donate to Teen Tech Centers at checkout

We believe that anything is possible for today’s teens, but a lack of opportunity and access to tools and training makes it harder for millions of young people — especially those from disinvested communities — to reach their full potential.

For years, we’ve been committed to building brighter futures for teens through tech. And now we’re inviting our customers to join in on this important work.

This week, we’re launching our first-ever opportunity for customers to donate to the Best Buy Foundation in support of Teen Tech Centers.

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09 Jul: Teen Tech Centers help build brighter futures [VIDEO]

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are places where teens in disinvested communities can find inspiration and resources to channel their talents, energy and ideas into brighter futures. We believe that with technology, training and mentorship, anything is possible.

Watch the video to learn more about how we’re bringing that vision to life.

Learn more about Teen Tech Centers

Here’s a closer look at three ways that Teen Tech Centers are making a difference in the lives of teens across the country.

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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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11 Mar: Community Nonprofits Awarded $2.35M to Advance Digital Equity for Students

Partnership for a ConnectedMN and the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity (MBCRE), two organizations Best Buy is proud to support, have collaborated to award $2.35 million in grants to local nonprofits committed to advancing digital equity for Minnesota students.

The 29 organizations selected are focused on enhancing digital learning for K-12 students who are Black, Indigenous or people of color by providing devices, connectivity and other support services. A full list of grant recipients and more information on the grant process can be found here

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29 Jan: Video series showcases teens’ big dreams

Walter “Twinky” Springs was first inspired to pick up a camera when he saw his mom watering flowers. He wanted to capture the beauty he saw in that moment.

He was nervous when he first started exploring photography because he didn’t really know what he was doing. But that feeling changed when he met Adrian, a mentor at his local Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Denver.

“He just taught me everything he knew, and I had to take advantage of that,” Twinky said.

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29 Jan: Video series showcases teens' big dreams

Walter “Twinky” Springs was first inspired to pick up a camera when he saw his mom watering flowers. He wanted to capture the beauty he saw in that moment.

He was nervous when he first started exploring photography because he didn’t really know what he was doing. But that feeling changed when he met Adrian, a mentor at his local Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Denver.

“He just taught me everything he knew, and I had to take advantage of that,” Twinky said.

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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.

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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.

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30 Dec: Best Buy, community came together during record-breaking disaster season

Amanda Bergeron had been an assistant store manager just two weeks when Hurricane Laura struck the Gulf Coast in August, destroying her store in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Several employees were displaced from their homes as the Category 4 storm knocked out power and much of the city’s water. The store was rebuilt from the ground up — an endeavor that took nearly two months.

Then, just weeks after the store’s grand reopening the first weekend of October, it was closed again in preparation for Hurricane Zeta.

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02 Dec: Best Buy Earns Top Retailer on Newsweek Most Responsible Companies List

Best Buy has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021, and we’re proud to be the top retailer on the list.

We jumped to No. 22 in the ranking, up from No. 53 last year. We earned a score of 87.3 out of 100, just a few points back from the top score of 93.2.

Being included on the list demonstrates our commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability. The pandemic has underscored the need to focus on the issues most important to our stakeholders while keeping our customers, employees and customers safe.