Best Buy Teen Tech Center

A place where Innovation Thrives & Teens Dream with No Limits

Bootcamps

Bootcamps

Our bootcamps are designed to take you to the next level

Scholarships

Scholarships

We provide academic scholarships through our wonderful partners

Youth Workers/Internships

Youth Internships

Get hired and paid for 140 - 400 hours through work source centers

Youth Council

Youth Council

Join our youth council and develop your leadership skills

Mentors

Mentorship

Make an impact in the life of a youth today

Partners

Partners

Join our eco-system and we'll join forces to make a difference

Our Vision

We envision a future where all youth have access to technology, training, and mentorship to thrive, regardless of where they live. Through our partnerships, mentorship programs by industry professionals, and generous donations by our supporters, we work towards improving teen equity every day.

Our History

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Partners Align
VSEDC & Annenberg joined forces to mobilize the conception of the SLA Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The committee planned for months and aligned with the perfect investment partners to see the vision realized.
Construction Phase
Construction for the South LA BBTTC begins at VSEDC's Business Enterprise Center (BEC). The picture depicts the stage area of the tech center.
Best Buy Sets the Stage with Technology for the SLA BBTTC
To ensure the SLA BBTTC is ready to serve youth, Best Buy equips the center with a plethora of equipment and furniture to outfit the tech center.
VIP Tours
South LA BBTTC, Annenberg Foundation and 1500 Sound Academy collaborate to give students from four local high schools "first look" tours offering workshops in Music Production and a Q&A session with 1500 Sound Academy Founders.
Mural Finalized & Grand Opening of SLA Best Buy Teen Tech Center
VSEDC's South LA BBTTC had its Grand Opening in June unveiling the innovative mural on the building facing Western Ave., alongside our partners, Annenberg Foundation & Best Buy, the Mayor of Los Angeles, elected officials, sponsors, community partners, Youth Ambassadors and more.
Bootcamp Launch
After serving the community virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic, we safely opened our doors to the community for in-person engagement.
Day Instruction Programs
VSEDC's South LA BBTTC launches the first Day Instruction STEM program with Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy in partnership with Annenberg Foundation. SLA BBTTC continues to provide on-going enrichment services to cover each school year.
Jack in the Box Scholarships
Four South LA BBTTC high school students were awarded scholarships for $2,000 each from Jack In The Box in partnership with the LA Rams Foundation. The students and their families were provided transportation to Lawry's Restaurant in Beverly Hills and honored as scholarship recipients.
YouthSource Partnerships
Through partnerships with Yo! Watts, YWCA, Brotherhood Crusade, South LA AJCC and more, South LA BBTTC hired over a dozen students that received a cumulative 1,820 hours of workforce development.
Partnership Support That Enhances Our Community
Annenberg Foundation gifts South LA BBTTC with $15k worth of equipment including, 3D and sublimation printers, heat press, sewing machines, camera equipment, cancellation headsets and more!
LAUSD & Local Community School Partnerships
Successful Day Instruction and STEAM partnerships continue to grow at the tech center with local schools, LAUSD and more. STEAM programs for students include Robotics, 3D Printing, Web Development, Fashion Design, Music Production, Content Creation, Entrepreneurship, and Animation to name a few.
Donations
Generous sponsors, partners, and families empower the tech center by graciously donating monetary donations, their time through volunteerism and in-kind gifts. We are thankful for their support.

Who can sign up?

Youth between the ages of 10-24
Alumni Chapter: 19+
Mentors: Any age

Location

South LA Best Buy Teen Tech Center
6109 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 753-2335 

slatech@vsedc.org

Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Friday
12:00 PM- 5:00 PM

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