We are delighted to share some highlights of the 2023 C4K Grand Reopening and Youth Showcase. This event celebrated the completion of our renovated facility and showcased the remarkable talents and achievements of the youth in our community. Whether you were with us in person or supporting us from afar, we want you to feel the excitement and inspiration that reverberated throughout the event.
A new chapter unfolds
Our grand reopening marked a significant milestone as we proudly partnered with Best Buy to be named a Best Buy Teen Tech Center. This affiliation strengthens and expands C4K’s program offerings, giving more youth access to tech education opportunities and supporting relationships that help to build a foundation for school and career success.
By integrating technology and innovation into our programs, we equip youth with the skills to navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape and unlock their potential. The support of Best Buy amplifies this critical work.
Showcasing youth innovation
The heart and soul of the event were the displays of youth innovation and creativity. From 3D printed bridges to tech infused sculpture to video games they developed and more, the youth showcased their passion for STEAM and impressed the guests.
empowering keynote presentations
Speakers from Best Buy and The Clubhouse Network took to the stage to share their invaluable insights into the role of technology and STEM education in shaping the future. Our Vice Mayor and C4K mentor, Juandiego Wade, spoke to the importance of mentoring and why a program like C4K matters. C4K member, Maya, stole the show as she explained how, with the support of C4K staff and mentors, she created a senior project about women and minorities and their involvement (or lack thereof) in video games. She suggested more centers like C4K should exist and encouraged young people to take advantage of the opportunities the Teen Tech Centers present.
Guests toured our renovated facility, which was made possible by Best Buy and the following local businesses and community members:
Batten Family Fund (in CACF)
Building Goodness Foundation
Drs. Sylvia and John Hendrix
Eben and Janet Morrow
The Hilltop Foundation
These state-of-the-art facilities create an environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and the cultivation of skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow.
acknowledging our champions
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our event sponsors: