Teen Tech Centers

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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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07 Nov: Best Buy, Timberwolves and TCL team up for tech equity

Minnesota members of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers® will get a courtside view of the different types of technology careers that bring the Timberwolves and Lynx seasons to life, both on and off the court.

The Best Buy Foundation is partnering with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and electronics company TCL, to advance tech equity and empower youth at Twin Cities Teen Tech Centers through career opportunities. The partnership with the Timberwolves and Lynx will give local Teen Tech Center members a behind-the-scenes look at how tech is used during each basketball game.

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13 Oct: Best Buy customers donate $7.5 million to support Teen Tech Centers

We’ve always known Best Buy customers are the best. Now we have proof – over the last 5 months, Best Buy customers stepped up and contributed more than $7.5 million to the Best Buy Foundation in support of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers®. 

Between May 1 and Oct. 1, customers contributed in stores and online to help continue the expansion of the Teen Tech Center network, including programming for career and post-secondary transitions for teens from disinvested communities.  

“It is inspiring to see our customers show up in a big way year after year to support this important cause,” said Andrea Wood, Best Buy’s vice president of social impact.

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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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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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09 Aug: For Best Buy executive, 50th Teen Tech Center is personal

For Damien Harmon, Gary, Indiana will always be home. It’s the place that raised him, invested in his future, and gave him the confidence to go out and chase his dreams.  

Now Executive Vice President of Omnichannel at Best Buy, a role where he leads stores, Geek Squad and all physical customer touch points, Damien is giving back to his hometown the best way he knows how – through tech. Alongside his wife, Katy, they are sponsoring Gary’s first Best Buy Teen Tech Center®, giving Gary teens access to technology that will help them shape their futures.

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21 Jul: Best Buy, Meta join forces to power 6 new Teen Tech Centers

The Best Buy Foundation is teaming up with Meta to power six Best Buy Teen Tech Center® locations across the country. It’s a major investment by Meta that will bring augmented reality and virtual reality technology and hardware to our growing network of safe, after-school spaces that provide tech access, training and mentorship for youth.

The first of these Meta-powered Teen Tech Centers is celebrating its grand opening today at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula at the Moldaw-Zaffaroni Club in East Palo Alto, California.

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03 Nov: Teens take a swing at VR with demo from Best Buy, Minnesota Twins

About 30 youth at a Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Minneapolis recently got a behind-the-headset look at how virtual reality (VR) and professional baseball can work together.

The Minnesota Twins and REM5, a Minneapolis-based immersive technology company, stopped by the Teen Tech Center at the Brian Coyle Community Center to give VR demos with a program that simulates real-life jobs.

They also showed off their recent project, Twins XR: The Art of Baseball, an immersive, 3D experience that showcases digital art and player highlights.

Adam Pettway, Nadvia Davis and Saul Zelaya are mentors at Best Buy Teen Tech Center locations.

26 Oct: Meet three mentors who are making a difference at Teen Tech Centers

Best Buy Teen Tech Center locations offer youth access to cutting-edge tech and opportunities to discover new passions. But most importantly, they’re safe spaces where teens can connect with mentors who are committed to guiding them to reach their full potential.

These mentors — both the Teen Tech Centers’ on-staff coordinators and dedicated volunteers, including many Best Buy employees — invest their time into young people. They work closely with teens on a variety of projects and serve as a sounding board to talk about their day-to-day activities or their passions and dreams.

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08 Oct: Best Buy customers contribute $5.5M to support Teen Tech Centers

As part of Best Buy’s longstanding commitment to building brighter futures for teens through tech, we recently invited our customers to join us in that work — and, wow, did they ever deliver.

Between July 11 and Oct. 2, customers contributed more than $5.5 million to help support the Best Buy Teen Tech Center program. The campaign sought to educate customers about this initiative and allowed them to make a tax-deductible donation when making a purchase, including at a Best Buy store, BestBuy.com

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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.