Youth Education & Leadership
Comcast is preparing today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders by investing in mentoring, service and scholarship programs that inspire young people to achieve their goals.
By partnering with City Year, Comcast is helping to combat America’s high school dropout crisis and to develop the next generation of leaders.
What began in 2001 with a team sponsorship in Detroit has since become Comcast’s largest national partnership. Each year, City Year corps members serve as tutors, mentors and role models in at-risk schools in an effort to keep students in school and on track to high school graduation. We currently sponsor 11 City Year teams across the country, and we serve as National Leadership and Opening Day Sponsor for teams nationwide. Comcast also invests in corps members’ futures by hosting annual career days across the country to strengthen their career skills and help corps members find jobs after their year of service.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Comcast hosts the nation’s largest workplace mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with about 300 Comcast employees serving as "Bigs" in 13 cities.
Since 2008, Comcast has committed more than $47 million in cash and in-kind support to changing children’s lives by supporting one-to-one youth mentoring, including our Beyond School Walls program. Through the program, about 300 "Littles" spend time with their Comcast employee “Bigs” at company offices nationwide. Since its launch in 2008, Beyond School Walls has expanded to 13 Comcast offices, and has become the largest workplace mentoring program in the country with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Data shows that Beyond School Walls “Littles” have better grades, are less likely to skip school and are more likely to graduate. Each year, Comcast sponsors the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Leadership Summit, where the “Bigs of the Year” are honored. At the 2012 Summit, Comcast received the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ President’s Award for our continued commitment to youth mentoring.
Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program
Comcast has awarded nearly $19 million in scholarships to 19,000 students through our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.
Each year, Comcast asks principals and guidance counselors to help us identify the best and the brightest high school seniors for recognition as “Leaders and Achievers.” Our signature scholarship program rewards young people for getting involved in their schools and making positive change in their communities. In recognition of their community service, academic achievement and leadership skills, winners receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000. Since 2001, Comcast has awarded nearly $19 million in scholarships to 19,000 students across the country. For the 2013-14 school year, Comcast has committed close to $2 million in scholarships to nearly 1,900 students, with approximately 51 percent of the recipients from diverse backgrounds.