Gold Crown Enrichment in Lakewood has served thousands of children ages 10-18, mainly those who are from underserved communities. It hosts children from surrounding schools by offering mentorship and …
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Gold Crown Enrichment in Lakewood has served thousands of children ages 10-18, mainly those who are from underserved communities. It hosts children from surrounding schools by offering mentorship and resources that some don’t have access to like computers with Photoshop. Giving children outlets and resources to be creative is something that the organization prides itself on, and that’s why it hosted the Geek Squad Academy classes through Best Buy for children who go to Gold Crown Enrichment.
“This fits right in with our tagline. We’re about preparing kids for the game of life,” said Bill Hanzlik, CEO, and co-founder of the Gold Crown Foundation. We can change some lives, and really help some kids.”
Enter the Geek Squad Academy, a class that gives children free lessons about coding, 3D design, music production and more. Students even got to program a BB-8 robot from the “Star Wars” movies. Best Buy recognizes how some children have a lack of access to resources like computers and the internet.
Having tech skills in this day and age is important for most jobs, but it is especially important for future job openings.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, an organization that regulates interstate and international communications, 77 percent of jobs will require tech skills in the next ten years.
Matthew Carlson, an 11-year old who attended the Geek Squad Academy, said he was glad he got to learn about 3D design, because he has dreams about creating video games for a career when he gets older.
“All of the technology, and everything… it’s pretty cool. I’m glad I got to learn about these things here,” Carlson said.
Over 150 children attended the Geek Squad Academy in Lakewood this year, according to Geek Squad Academy Employees. Best Buy is aiming to prepare around one million children annually for tech related jobs by 2020.
“It’s a blessing, because you’re the one getting (children) excited about new things, and telling them that they can do anything.” Geek Squad Academy teacher Kameron Gates said.
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