Improving Lives Everywhere – Appreciating Comcast and NBCUniversal

By William Ross, corps member serving at Bakersville Elementary School


Comcast Career Lunch 2013

What makes City Year Special? What is our “Idealist Handbook” really all about?
We are on the mission to improve the lives of children around this country and beyond. This dedication to purpose helps connect people to excel, and better everyone’s future. We impact the classroom every day using our skills and resources.

What makes Comcast and NBCUniversal special?
According to the December 2013 City Year newsletter, Rebecca Fracassa, Director of Community Involvement for Comcast and NBCUniversal said, “The vitality of our country – and our long-term business success – depends on providing education and leadership opportunities that encourage young people to excel. We strive to use our skills and resources to impact the learning environments and organizations that help them do so.”

Comcast and NBCUniversal sponsors 9 teams across City Year, plans mentor lunches like the one pictured above, Comcast Career Day, and runs the upcoming Comcast Cares Day April 26, a day of service spanning many diverse places such as Germany, Singapore, and New Zealand.

Comcast NBC Universal’s mentor relationship with my team provides us with insights. Corps member Jenny Woo reflected on the Comcast Mentor lunch November 15, 2013: “They were such a warm and welcoming group and I had a great time learning from their wisdom. I saw the joy and passion they had for their work as they shared their stories.”

Corps member Melissa Slanetz agrees: “It was inspiring to see people who do what they love and love what they do. Wherever I end up as a career, I want that.”

Sue Fayne left corps member Ian Umphrey with some powerful advice when she said, “Don’t live to work; work to live.” Ian reflects, “I was reminded that it is important to have a balance between my personal life and my work or studies. I also learned to embrace change.”

On behalf of the entire Bakersville team, thank you Comcast and NBCUniversal for your support. Together, we’re making it better.


About CityYear NH

City Year is a nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa. For more information on how to get involved please call the City Year New Hampshire Recruitment hotline at 603-218-5101.
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