According to Technology First Magazine, each year in the U.S. there are 120,000 new jobs that require a computer science degree, but only 49,000 students are graduating with information technology related majors. No one needs advanced mathematical training to know that this means approximately 71,000 IT jobs may remain vacant. The Best Buy Community Foundation is helping to fill the skills gap by providing grants to organizations that help inspire young people, particularly underserved young people, to choose careers in technology.
Best Buy Foundation: Community Grants
The Best Buy Foundation awards grants that average between $5000 and $10,000 to organizations that help teens ages 13-18 embrace technology. Beyond IT training, young people should be given the opportunity to experiment, collaborate, and play with technology to spark future career choices. Examples of supported programs include:
- Computer programming
- Digital imaging
- Music production
- Gaming and mobile application development
Applying to the Program
Eligible applicants are nonprofits and public community-based organizations such as community centers or libraries that serve diverse populations. Applicants should be within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy operation, which can be checked on the store locator. Applicants should first fill out an online eligibility quiz. Matching is not required. The due date is May 19, 2017.
As resources become scarce, there is a growing trend for local governments to combine forces with community-based organizations in order to capitalize on private funding opportunities. Read about some successful examples below: