May 30, 2014
Shane KitzmanStaff Writer
Robotics. 3D printing. Audio and video production.
From now through September, more than 2,500 teens across the country will learn these essential 21st-century skills, thanks to Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camps.
In its eighth year, Geek Squad Academy will reach students ages 10 to 18 in 26 cities nationwide, providing fun, interactive classes and activities to equip them for future careers.
Like Best Buy, the White House is also focusing on teens in tech as the President has called technology innovators to work together to ensure all youth – especially those from underrepresented communities – have the chance to study science, technology, engineering and math.
“At Best Buy, we are uniquely equipped to impact our nation’s efforts to improve the technical skills of our youth,” said Best Buy Senior Director of Community Relations Susan Bass Roberts. “Geek Squad Academy is one way we are able to reach into the local communities where our customers live and work, and demonstrate the promise of technology in a very real and human way.”
Since its inception in 2007, Geek Squad Academy has taught more than 17,000 students in some 80-plus cities. The program is conducted in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club. Geek Squad Agents serve as counselors and their time to develop curriculum, train and teach is donated by Best Buy.
Geek Squad Academy is one of several national Best Buy Community Relations initiatives that provide young people access to technology tools and knowledge.
Know a teen who may be interested? Visit academy.geeksquad.com/register to sign up.