Best Buy collaborates with non-profits to enhance youth digital skills in North America
Geek Squad Academy camps are two day events intended to engage local organizations in exposing student ages 10-18 to technology in an entertaining way. Students get the opportunity to work with new technologies and develop skills that are intended to inspire their future education and careers. Once the course is finished, participants earn recognition as “Junior-agents” with hand-on experience in tech related projects.
So far, these events have expanded throughout 100 cities in USA and Canada. The program is still growing and includes in its curriculum a diverse range of technology related areas such as robotics, circuitry, digital music, basic programming and web design.
Best Buy has now closed the applications phase for recruiting non-profit institutions to collaborate on the organization of the 10th season Geek Squad Academy camps. Notifications for camp acceptance will be delivered in mid-March and the events will be ready for May 2016. In order to participate, partner organizations must be able to get involved 100 to 200 students, provide classroom facilities and recruit at least five volunteers to manage the activities.