Who We Are: Best Buy
For half a century, Best Buy has been a catalyst for the rise of technology as a means to improve virtually every aspect of our lives. We are committed to giving underserved youth hands-on access to the tech education and tools they need to be successful in school and in their future careers. Through our vast pool of talented employees and network of stores, we are in a unique position to bridge the digital divide – when and where underserved young people need us most.
Our ConnectHomeUSA Commitment
Teens in select HUD-assisted housing within ConnectHomeUSA communities will be invited to participate in Free Tech Workshops and Afterschool Programs at our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers as well as Free Summer Camp Events through Geek Squad Academy.
Families in select ConnectHomeUSA communities can receive Free Digital Literacy Training.
Eligible Nonprofit Partners in ConnectHomeUSA communities are able to Apply for a Community Grant Award to continue to provide additional Tech Ed resources to youth.
Why We’re Involved in ConnectHomeUSA
Technology know-how is crucial for young people preparing to enter the job market for the first time. We open the door to opportunity with technology training and tools that transform underserved teens from consumers to creators – a new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers, designers and dreamers.
This year the Best Buy Foundation will donate more than $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit partners offering programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers. Eligible organizations can apply for average grant awards of $5000 each May. https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/
Geek Squad Academy from Best Buy utilized the power of our employees and national partners to provide teens with hands-on learning opportunities in fun, interactive settings, where they develop technology skills to inspire their life, education, and career choices.
- Robotics and Circuitry
- 3D Design
- Digital Music
- Film Production
Selected organizations participate in year-round Geek Squad Academy Tech Workshops and Afterschool Programs and two-day camp events are held throughout the summer (May –September) in select markets. These opportunities build friendships and self-confidence and spark inner creativity and innovation. Visit: academy.geeksquad.com/proposal to apply.
Similarly, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers allow teens to explore technology, discover new interests, collaborate with one another, and prepare for their futures year-round in free, state of the art interactive learning spaces run by local, youth-focused community partners.
20 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers will be in operation by 2018. Learn more, see if a Best Buy Teen Tech Center is located near you, or apply to host a site at https://gslink.me/bbyttc