Since 2012, Best Buy has partnered with The Clubhouse Network to bring Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to 35 different U.S. communities, joining a unique Network of more than 100 Clubhouses around the world.
Across the country, many communities lack support and access to the tools and experiences that can unlock a better future and prepare teens for the challenges ahead. Young people of color are disproportionately affected by these disparities. Best Buy believes that technology can empower people to dream big and accomplish great things.
Our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities exploring their interests through project-based learning. Each location works to bridge the digital divide by giving young people access to tech education and mentor guidance while building the confidence they will need to be successful in school and in their future careers.
Building on the success of the 35 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers thriving today, Best Buy will bring new Teen Tech Centers to more than twelve new locations in 2021. In order to do so, we are seeking to identify non-profit organizations to be our partners in establishing and running each new Teen Tech Center. Our ideal partner is one that has an existing afterschool teen program in a dedicated space and a commitment to youth in under-served communities.
The Clubhouse Network and Best Buy Partnership
In 2012, Best Buy launched a program aimed at building state‐of‐the‐art “Best Buy Teen Tech Centers” in communities throughout the U.S. These Teen Tech Centers are free afterschool programs that provide a creative and safe learning environment. To continue the growth of this program, Best Buy has partnered with internationally-acclaimed The Clubhouse Network, a project founded in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. With a solid 26-year record of demonstrated success serving thousands of youth and giving them the confidence and resources to change their lives, The Clubhouse Network has a replicable model for technology learning in community-based organizations around the world. Today, more than 100 Clubhouses serve youth in 20 different countries. Winner of the 1997 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non Profit Innovation and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the Clubhouse provides not only access but culturally relevant and challenging learning content for youth, coupled with support from caring adult mentors who serve as role models.