City Year, a leading citizen service
organization that unites young people ages 17 to 24 from diverse backgrounds
for a year of rigorous full-time service, announces the recipients of the 2005
Comcast Leadership Awards. Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable,
entertainment and communications products and services, is a premiere
corporate sponsor of City Year, which has 15 sites across the United States
and one in South Africa. The partnership is based on a shared commitment to
the leadership development of young people, and to community-building
initiatives at the local level.
The 2005 Comcast Leadership Awards - presented at this year's City Year
annual convention in Little Rock - went to five outstanding alumni who:
- continue their dedication to community service;
- maintain a commitment to excellence;
- create sustainable solutions for social change; and,
- embody City Year's emphasis on teamwork, responsibility, diversity,
respect for others, leadership, innovation and personal growth.
More than 1,000 City Year corps members engaged in service to community
and country united for the weeklong annual convention. The convention
provides an opportunity for young leaders - completing a year during which
each has served 1,700 hours in schools and neighborhoods - to appreciate ways
in which past graduates continue to illustrate the power of service, and to
celebrate Comcast's extensive support for City Year.
"The Comcast Leadership Awards recognize outstanding alumni who are
combining their vision and talents to make the world a better place, and the
awards are just one part of Comcast's significant commitment to leadership
development at City Year," said City Year CEO and co-founder Alan Khazei.
"Comcast and City Year believe that we must invest in young people not only by
supporting their idealism, but also by giving them the skills they need to
help make their dreams reality."
Added David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and
a member of City Year's National Board, who presented the awards, "The Comcast
Leadership Award winners embody the values of both City Year and Comcast. We
share a strong commitment to developing and recognizing leadership in our
communities' young people. The five award recipients are to be commended for
their dedication to public service and the positive difference they are making
in communities all across the country."
The 2005 recipients are:
Christopher Brown (City Year Boston, 2000) for his active service to the
City Year alumni network in mentoring corps members and launching the City
Year/NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Incubator - a
10-week/40-hour program designed to introduce corps members to the business
tools needed to create new civic ventures.
Wyneshia Foxworth (City Year Philadelphia, 1998) for her eight years of
dedicated service and leadership in developing the largest corps in the City
Year network and successfully managing the strategic partnership with the
School District of Philadelphia to serve students in 12 high schools.
Steven Ginsburg (City Year Boston, 1995) for his role in co-founding
HartBeat Ensemble - Hartford, Connecticut's only metropolitan-based theatre
company committed to the creation of new performances through social change.
HartBeat seeks to empower communities through a unique process that combines
oral history, youth outreach and education, and community participation.
Eliza Goodwin (City Year Rhode Island, 1995) for her vision and leadership
as the Executive Director of the Southside Family School, an alternative K-8
public school in South Minneapolis. Through her tireless work she brings
together parents, teachers, volunteers, donors, and businesses to achieve the
school's vision of creating a new generation of engaged citizen leaders.
Christopher Murphy (City Year Boston, 1988) for his dedicated commitment
to advancing the national service movement and entrepreneurial leadership as
the founding Executive Director of City Year Washington, D.C. In the last
five years, he has raised over $5 million, recruited dozens of talented staff,
and led over 250 alumni in service with the Washington, D.C. community.
In addition to receiving a plaque recognizing their achievement, each
Comcast Leadership Award recipient received a webcam, a $500 gift certificate,
and a $1,000 leadership grant to be used for continuing education, the
purchase of a computer, or furthering their philanthropic efforts.
These 2005 awards are just one element of the partnership between City
Year and Comcast. Comcast has been a National Leadership Sponsor, City Year's
premier corporate partnership program, since 2002 and renewed its commitment
in 2005 for three more years. Comcast's support emphasizes leadership
development and training of City Year's corps and staff, provides $2.2 million
in funding that will benefit all 15 City Year sites in the United States, and
helps City Year and Comcast employees join forces for community improvement
efforts. The extensive partnership reflects Comcast and City Year's mutual
commitment to service and to the belief that young people can and will become
leaders if given the opportunity.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the
nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products
and services. With 21.5 million cable customers, 7.4 million high-speed
Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally
involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable
networks and in the delivery of programming content.
The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment
Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4, AZN
Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. The
Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major
holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia
76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
Comcast Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock trade on The
NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively.
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and
is the company's chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit
organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to
create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of
volunteerism; literacy, reading and learning; and youth leadership
development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more
than $18 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves.
More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at
http://www.comcast.com under "In the Community."
About City Year
City Year unites a diverse corps of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a
demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development and
civic engagement. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established
programs in Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus; Detroit;
Little Rock; New Hampshire; New York; Philadelphia; Rhode Island; San Antonio;
San Jose/Silicon Valley; Seattle/King County, South Africa and Washington,
D.C. Lead investors in City Year include The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bank of
America, Cisco Systems, Comcast, CSX, and The Timberland Company. City Year
is a proud member of AmeriCorps. Visit http://www.cityyear.org for more