WHAT: Best Buy and Pillsbury United Communities celebrate the grand opening of the newest Best Buy Teen Tech Center located at Pillsbury United Communities’ Brian Coyle Center. Members of the news media are invited to attend and may RSVP by contacting Matthew Smith, Best Buy (contact information below).
WHEN: 4-6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
WHERE: Pillsbury United Communities – Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454 (street parking available)
- Best Buy Chief Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Officer Laura Bishop
- Brian Coyle Center Director Amano Dube
WHY: Best Buy Teen Tech Centers address the nation’s opportunity gap by offering teens free, year-round, hands-on technology access and education in an after-school setting.
Over the next decade, 77 percent (1.4 million) of all U.S. jobs will require tech skills, yet only 400,000 people will be trained for these jobs. With community-based job readiness resources on the decline, Best Buy is working with local non-profit partners to provide essential access to technology tools and training for low-income youth and families.
About Best Buy Teen Tech Centers
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, film-making, music production and design. Each center works to address the opportunity gap by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success. A partnership with The Clubhouse Network connects members to a global community of over 100 clubhouses in 20 countries. By 2020, 60 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico will enable nearly 20,000 teens annually to experience technology through year-round, after-school programs.
About Pillsbury United Communities
For more than 135 years Pillsbury United Communities has worked to create choice, change and connection in underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole. The Brian Coyle Center is one of Pillsbury United Communities’ six community centers which address a spectrum of intersecting needs—from education to employment to health. The Brian Coyle Center is located in the heart of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and is our busiest location serving over 7,200 people each year.
As a vibrant destination for the East African community, children and families connect with culturally relevant programs spanning from after-school activities, to senior services, a food shelf, as well as countless community and political events. The center strives to unite people across ethnicity, generations and organizations to promote the academic, economic, and social wellbeing of all. More information about Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center is available at www.pillsburyunited.org.
Matthew Smith, Best Buy Public Relations
matthew.a.smith@BestBuy.com; (612) 257-5198