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Best Buy Teen Tech Center Program

Grants and In-Kind Services to USA Nonprofits in
Eligible Cities to Establish Technology Centers for Teens

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Clubhouse Network (TCN) and Best Buy

Conf. Date:

03/10/20

Deadline Date:

05/29/20 5:00 PM PDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind services to Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to establish technology centers and tech-based programs for teenagers. Funding is intended to support community-based organizations that have an existing after-school teen program and a commitment to serving youth in underserved communities. Proposals will be accepted for the metro areas of Gary, Indiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities exploring their interests through project-based learning. Each location works to bridge the digital divide by giving young people access to tech education and mentor guidance while building the confidence they will need to be successful in school and in their future careers. At the Centers, teens leverage technology to develop projects based on their own interests such as: creating art, producing music and animations; designing their own science simulations and mobile applications; writing and illustrating interactive poetry, stories and films; building kinetic sculptures and robotic constructions; and designing their own 3D worlds and games. In the process, youth become excited about learning and fluent with new technologies, developing skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives.

To ensure maximum engagement, the Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are located in high teen traffic areas in safe locations within existing community sites of selected host organizations, such as libraries, schools, museums, or community centers. Best Buy Teen Tech Centers have a consistent look and feel that are fun, safe and inviting (including teen‐centric furniture and an innovative space design) and aim to be inclusive for teens. Local Best Buy employees will also participate in the program as volunteers, providing ongoing guidance and conducting workshops.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center learning model is based on The Clubhouse Network program and is guided by four principles:

  • Learn by Design: Provide a combination of self-directed learning and structured workshops guided by staff and youth peer leaders, focused on hands-on, experiential activities.
  • Follow Your Interests: Provide opportunities for choice where teens care about what they are working on and are willing to work longer and harder while learning more in the process.
  • Build Community: Create a community with a culture of peer learning and equal opportunity, where young people work together with support and inspiration from peer leaders, mentors, and staff.
  • Respect & Trust: Create a stable environment in which participants feel safe to experiment, explore and innovate and are given time and space to play out their own ideas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181619

Number of Grants:

Best Buy will bring technology centers to more than twelve new locations in 2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Best Buy will provide a combination of cash and in‐kind support for the first year, which will comprise:
- A technology grant to be used to acquire the hardware, software, and necessary accessories for the center to be fully operational including high‐quality, professional software tools for creating graphics, 3D animation, images, video, and music
- A furniture grant to be used to acquire furnishings that reflect the “look and feel” of a teen‐centric space and Best Buy Teen Tech Center design guidelines
-Support from Best Buy and The Clubhouse Network staff for facility design and layout, equipment set‐up, software installation, and technical assistance
- A $50,000 grant to be used for staffing, staff development, and travel for required training‐related purposes through TCN. Program funding cannot be used for general overhead expenditures
- Cutting‐edge curriculum and programs developed by the Best Buy Foundation grant partners
- Ongoing support from The Clubhouse Network staff to conduct program evaluation, site visits, programmatic guidance, technology support, and general assistance
- Access to The Clubhouse Village, a social network that enables staff and youth everywhere to meet, interact online, collaborate on design activities, and share projects
- Participation in one week of orientation and professional development for new Teen Tech Center staff at “Flagship” Clubhouse in Boston, as well as written training materials and online documentation to assist in start‐up and ongoing operations
- Best Buy and Geek Squad employee volunteers for community activities, technology assistance, and educational workshops.

Term of Contract:

The initial grant will be to support the operation of the program for one year from date of implementation. Successful grant recipients will be eligible for additional years of partial funding based on demonstrated success.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Best Buy invites local non-profit organizations that have a fundamental commitment to youth, ages 13‐18, to apply for funding to create a Best Buy Teen Tech Center in your community.

Minimum eligibility criteria include:
- Location must be within an existing and successful afterschool program that already serves youth ages 13‐18.
- Location must be hosted within a community organization-run facility.
- Location must be within the metropolitan areas of Gary IN, Little Rock AR, Oklahoma City OK, or Memphis TN
- Location must be within 15 miles of a Best Buy store to allow for Best Buy employee volunteers. To find store locations, visit bestbuy.com/storelocator
- Host organization must have a space for the Technology Center with a minimum of 1,300 square feet.
- The location needs to be ADA compliant.
- Organization must provide a commitment to host and ensure financial support for the Best Buy Teen Tech Center for a minimum of 3 years.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to answer any questions you might have and provide more detail on the program, Best Buy and The Clubhouse Network will host an RFP workshop webinar on Tuesday, March 10 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET.

To join the webinar: https://shortcut.pw/webinar

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Pacific on Friday, May 29, 2020.

All Best Buy construction grants must be matched 1:1. Grants can be matched with cash and in-kind support. However, in-kind goods and services may not exceed 50 percent of the match. "In-kind" refers to a donation of goods or services. Any goods or services that are provided pro bono are considered in-kind, including architectural design, construction services, supplies and materials such as paint and carpeting, electrical installation, and HVAC services.

Additional Information: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/social-impact/teen-tech-centers/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online submittal form: https://theclubhousenetwork.org/bestbuy/bestbuyrfp/

Please direct any questions to BestBuyProposal@theclubhousenetwork.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas: Little Rock;   Indiana: Gary;   Oklahoma: Oklahoma City;   Tennessee: Memphis

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