Best Buy and ConnectHomeUSA prepare teens for tomorrow’s tech-reliant jobs

Technology has become so ingrained in our society that it’s not surprising that nearly 80 percent of jobs over the next decade will require tech skills. What might surprise you is that many teens still do not have access to the internet or to adequate tech education to be prepared for these future careers. 

Best Buy is working to address this problem through our community giving programs and partnerships with initiatives like ConnectHomeUSA.  As part of this partnership, Best Buy offered hands-on tech training events for teens participating in Housing Authority of Central Austin (HACA) programs.

The HACA teens attended Geek Squad Academy, a two-day immersive tech camp, where they learned coding, digital photography, 3D design and more. In addition, more than 60 HACA teens made the short drive south from Austin to explore our San Antonio Best Buy Teen Tech Center, a free afterschool program where teens can experiment with technology and learn critical tech skills to prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. Best Buy also provided grant funding to outfit a music studio and media lab at the Henry Flores Education and Training Center in Austin, a HACA facility.

Best Buy also provided grants to expand tech education programs to Austin-area youth, including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 8-week Coding as a Second Language workshop, GRAMMY music camp and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Tech Week.

Best Buy's signature community programs are unique because they leverage the skills of our talented local employees to teach and mentor teens in their communities. In all, more than 50 Best Buy employees participated in our various ConnectHome initiatives in Austin this year.

Over the past year, more than a thousand local Austin youth have benefited from Best Buy tech education events. Through ongoing partnerships and updated community resources like the Henry Flores Education and Training Center, thousands more will be able to unlock the possibilities of tech in the years to come.