Best Buy will create more than 100 new Teen Tech Centers as part of its efforts to better address racial inequity and injustice.
The Teen Tech Centers, first established in 2012, are areas where middle and high school students from disinvested communities can receive free technology training to inspire future education and career opportunities. The company operated 35 centers in such locations as libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs before most locations were forced to close in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and it intends to create 100 more that will be open year-round.
CEO Corie Barry indicated this wouldn’t be the only step the retailer is taking, noting that she’s appointing a group of associates to challenge the board of directors “with substantive, enduring ways we can address the inequities and injustices to which all of us bear witness every day.”
“This effort is reflective of our broader view that we must continue to be an important player in the communities we are a part of, especially those hardest hit,” she said. “This includes continuing to serve the neighborhoods in which our stores were damaged.”
Added Barry: “Neighborhoods across America have felt the heat of flames lit by those who would do only harm, and still others have felt the fear that comes from not knowing where that harm may go next. But those fires will be extinguished, and the damage will be repaired. What remains, however, are the indelible images of George Floyd and the many who came before him. It is in their name that we embrace the fight for equality and justice as a common cause, one we all fight — and solve — together.”