Teen Tech Centers

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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.

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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.