On Monday, we had the pleasure of hosting Bill Black of the Comcast Foundation on a field trip to Washington State. Bill, who is based in Philadelphia, visited with a number of groups that we sponsor, including El Centro De La Raza, City Year of Seattle, and the Seattle Urban League.
Bill also visited youth programs at the Tacoma Urban League and Neighborhood House. At this point, it was late enough in the day for youth programs to actually be in session. For those two trips, we brought along Ed Hauge, our video production manager, to create a video of two Digital Connectors youth programs.
There’s nothing astonishing or jaw-dropping here. It’s a video snapshot, if you will, of corporate giving and how corporate giving lands on the street.
You see the Tacoma Urban League’s Digital Connector youth at their new location, the Tacoma School of the Arts media lab located at Urban Grace Church. And then you see youth from the Rainier Vista area of Seattle at Neighborhood House, first at their computer center, and then touring a Comcast facility. One of our business sales execs, Dave Eller, a Neighborhood House volunteer, had arranged for the youth to tour our video distribution center. Its director, Jamie Acuff, talked to the youth not only about how our Comcast network functions, but also about careers at Comcast. That’s not an abstract question to these youth. When I toured a program in Kent a month ago, the first question three young men asked me was, How do I get a job at Comcast?
At the end of the day, the best part of any visit like this is meeting with the youth. We hope you get a sense of that in the video
You can see some of our previous reports about Digital Connectors programs here on our website. Digital Connectors was conceived and is organized by the national group One Economy. Read more about One Economy and Digital Connectors here.