Mentoring Beyond School Walls
Beyond School Walls is a one-to-one youth mentoring program through which children from local schools meet with an employee volunteer mentor every other week during the school year. The program introduces children to jobs at an early age, allowing them to experience what it means to work for a corporation and the educational requirements needed to achieve professional success.
In 2013, Comcast celebrated its fifth anniversary of Beyond School Walls with a total of 305 matches in 13 cities, including its newest site in Chicago. All of Comcast’s current school assignments are located in diverse communities. And compared to national BBBS metrics, Comcast’s matches on the whole are more diverse (77% non-white vs. 69%); serve more male Littles (52% vs. 44%); and have a higher 12-month retention rate than the national BBBS average (66% vs. 44%). These metrics exemplify the high quality of the matches made in the program.
City Year is an education-focused program that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Comcast partners with City Year to combat America’s high school dropout crisis and to develop the next generation of leaders. Comcast supports City Year in 16 of our shared markets by investing in City Year’s leadership- development programs, sponsoring 12 City Year teams, and donating communication and broadcasting resources to help City Year recruit more young people to commit one year to service. Comcast-sponsored City Year teams are greatly diverse: 53% African American, 4% Asian American, 32% Hispanic, and 2% Other Minority.