(L-R) Brad E. Palazzo, Director, External Affairs, Comcast; George H. Lambert, Jr., President & CEO, Greater Washington Urban League; Veronica Santos, Community Affairs Consultant, Comcast; and Thomas Tucker, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Comcast.
Grants expand digital literacy, promote community service and build youth leadership skills
The Comcast Foundation recently announced it has awarded $240,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The grants support programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders.
“Comcast is proud to partner with these local organizations whose tireless efforts unlock doors to success and improve the lives of neighbors across our communities,” said Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Through a supporting role in their good work, we are upholding Comcast’s commitment to closing the digital divide, empowering youth leaders and fostering a culture of volunteerism in the cities and towns we serve.”
D.C. area organizations receiving 2013 Comcast Foundation grants include:
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Frederick County, MD – $20,000 for a mentoring program connecting city youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington – $20,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities. Members participate in basic orientation enabling them to use technology and understand the basics of how computers work.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland – $15,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities. Members participate in basic orientation enabling them to use technology and understand the basics of how computers work.
- CASA de Maryland (Prince George’s County, MD) – $15,000 for its digital literacy program, which trains low-income immigrant youth and young adults on computer applications and software, such as Microsoft Office, that are commonly used in the workplace. CASA also will use the grant to purchase 15 new computers for its digital literacy program while utilizing outdated machines they replace in its computer repair training classes.
- CentroNia (Washington, D.C.) – $20,000 to establish “studioNOVA,” an interactive digital media lab allowing students to develop creative ideas while building digital literacy. Projects slated for the lab range from short films and music remixes to basic apps, blogs and magazines.
- Edu-futuro (Alexandria, VA) – $20,000 for its “Emerging Leaders Program,” which strengthens college readiness among low-income Latino youth through a better understanding of the college application process, courses in public speaking and by ensuring that graduating seniors move on to a higher education.
- Greater Washington Urban League – $20,000 for its digital literacy education program focused on helping local youth gain knowledge of and access to computers through a series of interactive workshops during the 2013/14 school year. Each student will complete nearly five hours of hands-on training, and the League will use part of their grant to purchase tablets and e-readers for use in those sessions.
- Identity (Gaithersburg, MD) – $20,000 for a program offering computer literacy training that empowers parents of underserved Latino youth to better support their children’s studies and enhance communication with teachers and counselors. Courses offer instruction on basic computer and web browsing techniques, search skills to locate specific information and mechanisms to forward and retrieve messages from teachers.
- Latin American Youth Council (Washington, D.C.) – $25,000 for its Digital Connectors initiative, which prepares underserved youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive and innovative programs that address youth’s social, academic and career needs.
- Leadership Greater Washington – $15,000 supporting its free leadership career development and community awareness program for high school sophomores and juniors. The six month course offers instruction on public speaking, interviewing, financial management, dressing for success and securing internships.
- Northern Virginia Urban League – $15,000 for its Math & Science Technology Academy, which fosters digital literacy and provides access to technology tools while encouraging students to pursue an education aligned with STEM career paths.
- Passion for Learning (Silver Spring, MD) – $15,000 for the group’s Dig.Lit initiative, which combines education in reading and writing literacy with digital literacy. Through project-based learning, Dig.Lit youth participants create, collaborate, problem solve, communicate and connect with the world.
- Rappahannock Big Brothers, Big Sisters – $20,000 for its mentoring program, which connects city youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.
Including its support of these D.C. area organizations, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $17 million in 2013 to nonprofits in communities it serves nationwide. The Foundation has donated nearly $140 million since its founding in 1999.
In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
For these and other community efforts, Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. Their Civic 50 ranking is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.