October 24, 2019
Bianca JonesStaff Writer
Let the giving season begin. Starting today, Best Buy is giving its customers an opportunity to get a jumpstart on the season and support teens from underserved communities with its first Give-Back Sale.
Starting today and running through Oct. 27, 5% of profits from select sale items at Best Buy (in stores and online) will be donated to Teen Tech Centers — safe, after-school learning spaces equipped with cutting-edge technology where youth learn new skills, stay on track with school, nurture positive adult and peer relationships, and discover career pathways. My Best Buy members can start the season of giving on Oct. 24, while all Best Buy customers can support the centers starting Oct. 25. A full list of sale items can be found at BestBuy.com.
Best Buy, together with a network of nonprofit and co-investment partners, has opened 31 Teen Tech Centers across the country, welcoming nearly 8,000 teens each year. So far, Teen Tech Center participants have launched podcasts, produced original music, and completed summer internships at some of the country’s most notable technology companies.
“We’re so excited that customers will have a hand in supporting the future of teens across the country through this sale,” said Andrea Wood, senior director of Social Impact at Best Buy. “Our Teen Tech Centers are unleashing the limitless possibilities of technology to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We couldn’t do it without the support of our partners, customers and local communities.”
Funds raised from this sale will support existing Teen Tech Centers and build on Best Buy’s goal of having 60 centers open by the end of 2020 across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The Give-Back Sale and Teen Tech Centers are just two of several ways Best Buy supports youth across the country. The company also supports programs like Geek Squad Academy — a tech-focused day camp taught by Best Buy employees — that lights a spark in younger teens, igniting their passion for pursuing tech-related higher education or tech jobs in the years ahead.
Career Pathways is another program that offers a yearlong technical training program combining intensive technical and workplace readiness training with paid internships in high-demand fields, such as cyber security and digital media.
To learn more about our Teen Tech Centers, click here.