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Canton Leisure Services Division

Posted on: March 15, 2016

[ARCHIVED] The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center Partners with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Break a Difference To Pres

This unique hands-on learning opportunity called “Blue Gives Back,” recognizing Best Buy employees in their blue staff shirts who give back to local communities, enabled over 30 students currently enrolled at The B.L.O.C.K. to experience the latest cutting-edge digital technologies in a fun and nurturing environment.

Program activities and topics included: audio production with a banana piano; 3D design and printing; electrical circuit creation; stop-motion animation film-making; mobile app development; and more.

“This introduction to tech skills could possibly inspire future education and career choices,” said Laura Mortier, BLOCK Coordinator and Recreation Specialist. “It’s one thing to tell them about technology, but with this hands-on training, our students were exposed to the latest technology in a fun and interactive setting.”

As experts in technology, Best Buy and the Geek Squad continue to leverage their knowledge, resources and talented employee volunteers from all over the state of Michigan to host these special workshops that empower youth and help prepare them for the future. By interacting with the latest technologies, these participants were able to see the benefits of digital learning up close while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. For additional information about Best Buy’s community relations and outreach efforts, visit

Founded in 2013, Break a Difference strategically engages individuals and institutions across the nation through service to make positive impacts in communities and on those who serve. This organization recognizes service and volunteering as powerful tools to tackle such important matters as leadership development, teambuilding, and employee engagement. For additional information, visit

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building at 1150 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI, provides a fun, teen-friendly environment where students from ages 11-17 can participant in supervised afterschool programs, social events, and activities. For more information, visit or call 734/398-5570.

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