Teen Tech Centers

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10 Sep: Teens design PopSockets products to celebrate Latinx culture

Four teens from Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the country had the opportunity to express and celebrate their Latinx heritage by creating their own PopSockets PopGrip to be sold as part of our Latinx Heritage Month campaign.

The teen designers were commissioned and compensated through PopSockets’ standard procedures for freelance designers. And they had the chance to follow along in the process to see their design evolve from an idea to a product sold at Best Buy.

The teen’s PopGrips are now available for purchase on BestBuy.com. Half of the sales from each design will be donated to the Best Buy Foundation and reinvested into Best Buy Teen Tech Centers.

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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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09 Apr: Antonio the robot carries a powerful legacy

The students on the robotics team at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Family Service in San Antonio spend several hours a night working on their robot. His name is Antonio, and there’s a powerful legacy that extends well beyond his mechanical parts.

The robot was named in memory of Antonio Torres, a longtime Best Buy general manager who died last September after a battle with COVID-19. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who family, friends and colleagues fondly remember for his big smile and even bigger heart.

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02 Mar: Creating a space for young women to explore STEM

When Olivia Farley became coordinator of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Keystone Community Services this fall, she noticed something was missing: girls.

The center, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is one of about 35 Teen Tech Center locations across the country. It opened in 2017 as a place where teens can explore their interests in all things tech, from coding and graphic design to filmmaking and everything in between.

Giving youth — especially girls — access to tech education opportunities is important to Best Buy.

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25 Feb: Young women pursue dreams with help from Teen Tech Centers

Many teens have big dreams, and Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are helping make them a reality.

That’s especially important for girls in disinvested communities, who often lack access to STEM education. The Teen Tech Centers are helping provide them with opportunities to explore technology and discover what’s possible.

We featured three young women from our Teen Tech Centers as part of our new animated YouTube series called “Dream Huge.” The teens were paired with professional animators and storytellers to bring their stories to life.

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25 Feb: Creating a space for young women to explore STEM

When Olivia Farley became coordinator of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Keystone Community Services this fall, she noticed something was missing: girls.

The center, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is one of about 35 Teen Tech Center locations across the country. It opened in 2017 as a place where teens can explore their interests in all things tech, from coding and graphic design to filmmaking and everything in between.

Giving youth — especially girls — access to tech education opportunities is important to Best Buy.

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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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29 Jan: Using exploration, collaboration to develop future leaders

When an adult enters a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, it might feel unstructured, maybe even a bit chaotic. But that’s entirely by design.

No one provides specific assignments or instructions like in a standard classroom. Rather, the teens are free to engage with the latest technology, like drawing tablets, robots, 3D printers and even a state-of-the-art music production studio.

The result is powerful. Teen Tech Centers aren’t just places where teens can access tech, but rather they serve as a foundation for community and self-discovery.

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09 Dec: Best Buy Commits More Than $44 Million to Diversity, Inclusion and Community Efforts

The company’s five-year plan focuses on hiring BIPOC and women employees, along with creating more opportunities and post-secondary support for youth and emerging talent

Today, Best Buy is announcing actions we are taking to better address underrepresentation, technology inequities and educational and career opportunities for those who need it most. 

In June, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said we will do better. As a company, we committed to making systemic, permanent changes that address social injustices to improve our company and our communities.