Best Buy Teen Tech Center

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is an interest-based learning environment for teens to experiment and master various new technologies with help from their peers and adult mentors. They can then share their work with other teens across the globe through The Clubhouse Network.

The center is equipped with technology and multimedia tools that can be used for music and video production, interactive programming, graphic design, and much more.

Best Buy Teen Tech Center Membership Application

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the New Orleans Public Library is designed to be a safe and fun place for young people ages 13 to 18 from all different kinds of backgrounds. This permission slip includes a description of the program and what personal information young people provide to participate.

Description of the Program: The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the New Orleans Public Library provides a creative and safe after-school learning modeled after The Clubhouse Network’s learning model and informed by their involvement with the MIT Media Lab. This learning model enables young people to work with adult mentors to explore their own interests, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. In the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, young people can design their own music, art, videos, animations, robots, and science simulations. Under the supervision of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator, they have access to the Internet and can occasionally post their own original work on the Internet.

What Information We Collect: The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the New Orleans Public Library will collect the information on this form as registration information for the program. When young people participate in the program, they sign in order to provide information on how many young people attended and how often. Also, participants in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center will have the ability to create materials that may be posted to The Clubhouse Network’s Intranet website, called "The Clubhouse Village." These materials may contain personal information including, but not limited to, first name, e-mail address, and photograph. "The Clubhouse Village" is password-protected, meaning only authorized participants and staff have passwords and can look at the site. Also, under the supervision of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator, participants in the program may be invited to post content to the Internet. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center staff educates young people about the dangers of posting personal information (such as last name, e-mail address, or photograph) on the Internet. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center discourages children from posting personal information on the Internet but does not control all such content. It is necessary for each child’s parents to instruct their child on the dangers of posting personal information on the Internet. To read the Village Privacy Policy please visit: http://clubhousevillage.org

How We Use the Information: The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the New Orleans Public Library uses the information collected to create a list of participants in the program and how often they participate and to allow participants to share the materials they create. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center will not transfer or sell this information to any third party and will provide reasonable security for this information and will allow you the opportunity to review this information by contacting staff.

Best Buy Teen Tech Center Membership Application