Comcast and Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership Brings Mentoring to Tucson’s Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and Comcast NBCUniversal are working together to bring the power of one-to-one mentoring to children at Prince Elementary school.
The national program, known as Beyond School Walls, pairs children in elementary and middle school with Comcast employee volunteers. Following the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model, each pair or “match” meet several times a month during school, providing a positive role model and friend for the child.
In 2016 Comcast opened the new Customer Service Center in Tucson, Arizona and quickly began making plans with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency to partner with nearby Prince Elementary.
Marie Logan, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson is thrilled to see this program launch in Tucson, “The Beyond School Walls program is a model partnership, bringing business, non-profit, and education together to strengthen our schools, neighborhoods, and community. The Comcast NBCUniversal team is a committed partner in this program, and the employees volunteering to mentor are exceptional role models for these students. From playing games in the classroom and the playground to helping with homework and talking about subjects important to the kids, the Comcast Bigs are making a difference in the lives of these children.”
Program Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, Valerie Propst agrees, “The best day of the week is Wednesday, coming to the school and seeing the kids so excited to see their mentor. It just makes your day and you can see by the expressions on the faces of the kids and the volunteers that this time together makes their day too”.
“The relationships built through this mentoring program are life-changing for both our employees and their Littles,” said Dee Knight, Public Relations Manager for Comcast in Utah and Arizona. “Not only do we see these children make improvements in their grades and feelings about education, but our employees value the opportunity to give back to children in their communities.”
For more information about Beyond School Walls and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson please call (520) 624-2447 or go to www.tucsonbigs.org
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.