The Best Buy Foundation Teams up with After-School All-Stars for a STEM Volunteer Day

NEWARK (November 16, 2015) — After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is excited to announce that the Best Buy Foundation will be sending an elite team of employees to take part in “STEM Volunteer Day,” a hands-on mentoring experience aimed to encourage local, low-income students from the After-School All-Stars afterschool program in Newark to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers.

The Best Buy Foundation supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programming in five national markets with a $125,000 grant. The grant enables ASAS to provide coding classes (through Google’s CS First club) and film and music production, helping students gain real 21st century skills which will prepare them for career success.

For the “STEM Volunteer Day” experience, local STEM professionals will engage with students that have expressed an interest in STEM in a career discussion format at the Marion A. Bolden Student Center, which provides a community space for theater, film and music recording and production, 3-D printing and more.

“The Best Buy Foundation is pleased to join After-School All-Stars in supporting ‘STEM Volunteer Day’ and year-round programs that expose our up-and-coming workforce to the skills they will need in the future. There is well documented lack of diversity in STEM professions, so it’s critically important that we expose ALL students to these career options,” said Susan Bass Roberts, Senior Director of Community Relations/Diversity & Inclusion, Best Buy.

“We’re grateful to the Best Buy Foundation for their commitment to STEM education. Our Best Buy partners understand the critical need to expose students of color to STEM fields and help them understand the vast array of careers available to them. Considering that the US may be short as many as three million high-skilled workers by 2018, together, we can invest in a skilled workforce to power our country in the 21st century,” explained Ben Paul, CEO and President of After-School All-Stars.

Members of the media are invited to attend the “STEM Day” celebration.  Media are welcome to film and interview volunteers from Best Buy, Google, and ASAS students and teachers.

What: STEM Volunteer Day
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2016
Where: Marion A. Bolden Student Center (230 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104)
Event Format: Discussion and STEM Career Q&A with Best Buy and other STEM professionals followed by hand-on technological projects at local student media center.

Media Contacts
Conyers Davis, After-School All-Stars
310.295.7161 | conyers.davis@gmail.com
Kristy Gausman, After-School All-Stars
323-938-3232 ext. 121 | Kristy@as-as.org

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. 72,000+ children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2015, Cleveland and Tampa. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.

About Best Buy
As the leading provider of technology products and services, Best Buy is committed to igniting human potential and empowering people through technology. In the community, these efforts center around grassroots programs that support underserved teens by encouraging a passion for technology in future education and career choices. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers and Geek Squad Academy camps have touched the lives of thousands of teens across the U.S. and Canada.