YALSA and Best Buy partner for 2017 Teen Tech Week™

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/07/2016

Contact:

Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

alam@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its partnership with Best Buy for its 2017 Teen Tech Week celebration, which will take place March 5-11 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.”

Best Buy is a longtime supporter of Teen Tech Week, with Teen Tech Week 2017 the fourth consecutive year Best Buy has supported the initiative. For Teen Tech Week 2017, YALSA and Best Buy will partner to co-host Teen Tech Week events in communities across the nation.

“YALSA is thrilled that Best Buy continues to support Teen Tech Week to help libraries bridge the digital divide,” said YALSA President Sarah Hill. “Were it not for libraries, some teens would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills – these skills level the playing field for teens of all economic backgrounds as they prepare for college and career.”   

“This program offers young people the opportunity to learn about technology and all of the professional possibilities that come with it,” said Andrea Wood, Director of Community Relations at Best Buy.  “Providing teens local, hands-on training at these Teen Tech Week events truly enhances their desire to apply this knowledge to their future education and career choices.”

The 2017 theme, “Be the Source of Change” encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community.

Library staff, afterschool providers and educators interested in learning more about Teen Tech Week and how they can celebrate the event can visit the official Teen Tech Week site and register for free to access helpful resources, materials, and themed artwork.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

Since launching its community-based, youth-focused efforts a decade ago, Best Buy has touched the lives of tens of thousands of teens in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  The company is a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions, offering expert service more than 1.5 billion times a year to consumers, small business owners and educators who visit its stores, engage with Geek Squad Agents or use BestBuy.com or the Best Buy app. Best Buy has operations in the U.S. where more than 70 percent of the population lives within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store, as well as in Canada and Mexico, where Best Buy has a physical and online presence.