Community Youth Technology Education Program Grants

Subject: Youth Development, STEM Education, Community, Disadvantaged Youth
Deadline: May 31, 2019

“As a means to prepare teens for the tech-reliant jobs of the future, the Best Buy Foundation will provide funding to equitable, innovative, impact driven programs in eligible non-profit organizations committed to enhancing the lives of teens 13 – 18 years old through cutting edge technology enabled curricula. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities that lead to skill development and engage the youth in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to close the digital skills gap.

Our goal is to provide teens from under resourced communities with access to innovative technologies and help them stay engaged and become increasingly fluent in technological fields while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. As a measure of long-term success, we are looking to partner with non-profit organizations enabling youth to obtain industry recognized competency or credentials.

Programs should help teens build tech skills by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as computers, digital cameras, video cameras and professional software in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to):

  • Audio production (including music mixing & recording)
  • Website development
  • Computer maintenance and repair
  • UX/UI (user experience/user interface)
  • Digital arts such as graphic design and photography
  • Cybersecurity
  • Mobile & game app development
  • 3D Animation
  • Programing & coding
  • Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality
  • Robotics
  • Green technology.”

Funder: The Best Buy Foundation
Eligibility: “Eligible nonprofits may be a public or nonprofit community-based organization (e.g., community center, school or library) with existing local out-of-school time program and a proven track record of serving youth ages 13-18. Program located within a non-profit organization targeting teens in under resourced communities. Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations (e.g., warehouse, corporate headquarters, Geek Squad Service Center, etc.) to allow for Best Buy employee volunteer participation (if appropriate).”
Amount: Up to $15,000
Contact: Link. 

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