MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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-ever 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— a safe, after-school learning environment equipped with cutting-edge technology where youth learn new skills, stay on-track with school, nurture positive adult and peer relationships, and discover tech-related careers. My Best Buy members can start the season of giving on Oct. 24, while all Best Buy customers can demonstrate their generosity by shopping in stores and online beginning on 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, providing hands-on experience, mentorship, and access to technology for nearly 8,000 teens every year. So far, participants from the Teen Tech Centers have launched podcasts, produced their own music, and have completed summer internships at some of the country’s most notable technology companies. Funds raised from this sale will support existing Teen Tech Centers and will also build on Best Buy’s goal of having 60 centers open by the end of 2020 across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“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.”
Geek Squad Academy and Career Pathways
The Give-Back Sale and Teen Tech Centers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how Best Buy is supporting youth across the country. The company 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 year-long technical training program combining intensive technical and workplace readiness training with paid internships in high-demand fields such as cyber security and digital media.