Our Values In Action
Standing with City Year
City Year has been making a difference in the lives of students and in urban communities for 30 years. And since 2001, Comcast NBCUniversal has proudly stood by City Year’s side, helping to build the organization and enable AmeriCorps members to ensure that more students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school so they are ready for college and career success.
In 2018, we announced a three-year partnership extension to, in part, support City Year in bringing computers, computer science, and coding experiences to the thousands of students the organization serves across the United States. This expanded partnership raised our company’s overall support of City Year to nearly $115 million in cash and in-kind contributions to date.
The collaboration expands computer enrichment programs for students in under-resourced schools. The goal is to build the critical skills needed to succeed in the digital economy while exposing students to potential career paths. Approximately 87% of the students in schools supported by City Year are economically disadvantaged, qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals.
With support from Comcast NBCUniversal, City Year AmeriCorps members work full-time in under-resourced schools to provide tutoring, mentoring, and engagement, building positive, developmental relationships with students. In City Year after-school programs, computer science enrichment serves as an entry point to coding skills.
“The leaders and employees of Comcast NBCUniversal are passionate advocates for the value of national service. Their long-term commitment to support the mission of City Year has allowed us to expand our reach as we strengthen communities and build the next generation of leaders,” says Michael Brown, Co-Founder of City Year. “Comcast NBCUniversal is helping City Year expand technology components that will work toward leveling the playing field for school-based computing.”