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Best Buy Awards $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside

Money to Enhance Tech Programming

Oceanside CA— Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) received $5,000 in Grant funding from Best Buy to support the Talented Teen Techies (TTT) Program.

Over the past five years, BGCO has implemented an organization wide Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) programmatic focus. One program that has been developed to meet the 21st century need of our youth ages 13 to 18 is the Talented Teen Techie (TTT) program. Through the TTT program, teens use project based learning to present a problem to solve or a phenomenon to investigate, such as using photography to tell a story about the impact of the media on body image issues among teens or using technology to research best practices to prevent cyberbullying.

The $5,000 from Best Buy allows BGCO to purchase the necessary technology supplies to run the program for a year. “We are very thankful for our community partnership with Best Buy. This grant will allow our teens to have experiences they never would have, had they not walked through our doors” said Jodi Diamond, CEO.

Providing teen’s access and training in technology is critical. “As STEM industries in San Diego continue to grow, there is an urgent demand for a highly trained and qualified applicant pool. We want to ensure that our youth have the 21st Century skills necessary to compete and be successful in the current marketplace” said Diamond.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside please contact Emily Crisman at ECrisman@bgcoceanside.org, call (760) 433-8920, and visit our website BGCOceanside.org or Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BGCOside .