(photo credits: Best Buy, Howard Street store)
Evanston Township High School Youth Technology Corps (ETHS YTC) is very grateful for the generous support of Best Buy through a recently-awarded $5000 Community Grant. Best Buy and Geek Squad staff at Evanston’s Howard Street store greeted ETHS YTC members with a round of applause and a giant, ceremonial check. This Community Grant will support the club’s technology training and service activities in the Evanston community and beyond.
ETHS YTC members were especially grateful for the fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the store and Geek Squad work room at the Howard Street Best Buy. Geek Squad members presented information about Geek Squad history and Best Buy careers and then showed the teens how they fix computers and other devices in the Geek Squad area. YTC students and Geek Squad members exchanged many ideas about technology and computer refurbishing throughout the visit. Students also toured the inventory room and garage where Best Buy installs stereo and technology equipment in autos. The teens were interested to learn about technology careers and training at Best Buy. We made future plans for Geek Squad members from this store to visit our club at ETHS and mentor our teens in technology skills.
ETHS YTC has already begun putting these Best Buy grant funds to good use, funding expenses required to teach teens how to refurbish 22 used computers just this semester. ETHS YTC is donating these computers to several Evanston community agencies: Blake Manor Senior Housing, Family Focus, and Evanston Community Foundation. These non-profit agencies will, in turn, provide these computers to local residents who could not otherwise afford the technology. Our club will work hard to make Best Buy proud, especially our new friends and partners at the Howard Street store!