We’re excited to announce that for the third year, Best Buy customers will be able to join us in our mission to help teens build brighter futures through technology.
The main way we do this is by supporting the Best Buy Teen Tech Center® program, an initiative of the Best Buy Foundation. The program provides tools, training and mentorship so young people can discover their passions and pursue career and education goals.
Starting March 1, customers who make purchases in Best Buy stores, online, or on the app will be able to add a donation to the Best Buy Foundation in support of Teen Tech Centers. Funds raised will help reach the goal of building 100 locations by 2025. More than 50 Teen Tech Centers are already operating across the United States.
Teen Tech Centers are housed and operated by local nonprofit organizations. The centers provide a safe space for teens to create, learn and explore using the latest cutting-edge technology with the support of peers and adult mentors. At each center, members build skills for their future careers through hands-on activities in photography, augmented and virtual reality, 3-D design and more.
Teen Tech Center milestones
The past year was full of pivotal moments for the Teen Tech Center program, and we couldn’t do it without the continued generosity of Best Buy employees, customers and community partners. We are proud of the work we have done, but we’re not done yet.
Join us in taking a look at some of the major milestones from this past year:
Program celebrates 10 years
The Best Buy Foundation opened the first Teen Tech Center in 2013 in partnership with the Minneapolis Central Branch of the Hennepin County Library. Since then, countless dreams have become a reality within the walls of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the nation.
50th location opens in Indiana
The 50th Best Buy Teen Tech Center, sponsored by the Damien and Katy Harmon Foundation, opened in August. It marked the halfway point of the Foundation’s goal of building 100 locations by 2025.
Best Buy Teen Tech Center teens featured in national ad campaign
In May, Best Buy Teen Tech Center teens were featured in a new nationwide ad campaign that focused on the mentor/mentee relationship, and how Teen Tech Centers are helping them pursue their dreams.
3 states welcome first Teen Tech Centers
Kentucky, Oklahoma and North Carolina saw the grand openings of their first Teen Tech Center locations. It takes a lot of partners to help teens build brighter futures through technology, and Best Buy is thankful for their support.