Best Buy Boosts Commitment to Underserved Youth with Expanded Geek Squad Academy Season Launching Today

This year more than 8,500 teens nationwide will receive tech tools
and hands-on training at 40 two-day camps

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Best Buy is deepening its commitment to helping underserved teens get
access to essential tech tools by growing its flagship Geek Squad
Academy (GSA) summer program more than 30 percent to conduct 40 camps
supporting 8,500 teens this year.


“It’s clear that the challenges facing underserved youth are growing,
with resources becoming more stretched even as the vast majority of
future jobs will require tech proficiency,” said Andrea Wood, director
of Community Relations at Best Buy. “The expanded GSA schedule reflects
our commitment to providing teens with the tech tools they need for a
successful future, with support from our talented employees and
community partners.”

Over the past decade, GSA has served more than 26,000 teens through free
two-day camps led by Geek Squad Agents and conducted in partnership with
community organizations. GSA camps feature unique curricula that aligns
teen passions with tech trends such as 3D design, HTML coding and more.
New this year is a BB-8 Robot class to help teens learn to program a
robot to complete challenges and solve puzzles. A pixel art session
teaches teens to create original pixel art and animation, beginning with
the design of a character. The basic principles of coding are inherently
part of this curriculum, providing teens with skills that lay the
foundation for a variety of careers.

Today, starting in South Boston, Mass., GSA begins what will become the
most impactful season ever. From April through Sept., 40 camps will be
held in these 39 cities:

           
— Beaverton, Ore. — Jackson, Mo. — Phoenix
— Bellevue, Wash. — Jersey City, N.J. — Pittsburgh
— Bessmer, Ala. — Kansas City, Kan. — Reno, Nev.
— Bronx, N.Y. — Liverpool, N.Y. — Sacramento, Calif.
— Charlotte, N.C. — Los Angeles — Salt Lake City
— Chicago — Louisville, Ky. — San Antonio
— Cleveland — Milwaukee — San Marcos, Calif.
— Denver — Minneapolis — South Boston, Mass.
— Desoto, Texas — New Orleans — Stockton, Ga.
— Eden Prairie, Minn. — Newark, Del. — St. Paul, Minn.
— Hartford, Conn. — Oakland, Calif. — Tulsa, Okla.
— Henderson, Nev. — Oceanside, Calif. — Wake Forest, N.C.
— Houston — Orlando, Fla. — Washington, D.C.
 

Best Buy focuses on supporting programs that leverage technology to
inspire and engage underserved teens to help them prepare for college
and careers. This commitment to addressing the opportunity gap among
underserved youth is represented in programs such as Geek Squad Academy
and 11 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers now operating in Bellevue, Wash.;
Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Jersey City, N.J.; Los Angeles; Miami;
Minneapolis; Oakland, Calif.; San Antonio; and Washington, D.C.

For Geek Squad Academy 2017 dates, locations, enrollment information and
more, visit https://academy.geeksquad.com.

Contacts

Best Buy
Kevin Flanagan, 612-231-5146
press@bestbuy.com