Best Buy Teen Tech Center Update
The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is a spot where club members receive free access to state of the art technology and prepares students for potential careers in graphic design, music producer or director, 3D animator, game developer, and much more. This Summer alone, 182 kids ages 10 years old and up have registered for Summer Camp designed around learning how the technology works and creating cool new inventions of their own.
The Gateway PGA REACH Foundation partnered with Premium Retail Services, the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, and members of Bellerive Country Club to initially attract this Best Buy Teen Tech Center to the North St. Louis City location. Other national and local companies have subsequently added their support, as well.
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, throughout the country, address the nation’s opportunity gap by offering teens free, year-round, hands-on technology access and education in an after-school setting. Over the next decade, 77 percent (1.4 million) of all U.S. jobs will require tech skills, yet only 400,000 people will be trained for these jobs. With community-based job readiness resources on the decline, Best Buy is working with local non-profit partners and local businesses to provide essential access to technology tools, training and mentorship for low-income youth from underserved communities.