Sharing Important News About Broadband Access to Important Communities

According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, Asian Americans and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.  Comcast thus partnered with leading Seattle-area Asian American and Hispanic media outlets, sponsoring Back to School editions around the theme of technology access from the perspective of the two communities.

Comcast partnered with the Asian American newspaper, the International Examiner (IE) and Hispanic media outlet, El Mundo, to publish special editions in August and September.  Both editions linked current issues that are affecting their readers to technology access. The sections reached a combined 40,000 print readers across 15 counties and 100,000 online readers.

“The Comcast partnership has been extremely successful in getting the word out about the digital divide that exists,” said Travis Quezon, International Examiner Editor in Chief. “Our readers have been particularly receptive to the stories about how technology can empower people, such as the stories on girls and STEM education.”

Other features profiled local people impacted by and benefiting from Comcast’s community investment and highlighted the company’s community initiatives such as Internet Essentials and Digital Connectors.

Tacoma/Pierce Students Receive $13,000 in Comcast Technology Scholarships

3,scholarship recipientsComcast has awarded five Technology Scholarships to Tacoma-area students at the annual Elizabeth Wesley Merit Incentive Program ceremony, held at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

Comcast, in partnership with the Tacoma Urban League, identified student applicants who expressed an interest in pursuing careers in technology and innovation.  Three students received $1,000 scholarships and two were awarded $5,000 scholarships.

One $5,000 scholarship recipient is Sharon Washington from Washington High School in Tacoma.

“I wanted to, again, express my appreciation,” wrote Sharon. “Thank you so much for investing in me, as well as my dreams.”

Comcast has supported the E. Wesley Program for eight years, both believing it’s important to understand the disparities in education for minorities communities and that together, we can do something about it.

“We appreciate that our Comcast scholarship recipients have expressed an interest in technology-oriented careers,” said Diem Ly, External Affairs Manager for Comcast, who spoke and presented the scholarships at the event. “We hope, like Sharon, this recognition gives them the encouragement and empowerment to pursue their dreams.”

Read more about the event and students Comcast awarded scholarships to:

http://www.southsoundtalk.com/2014/09/22/comcast-supports-local-african-american-youth-elizabeth-wesley-youth-merit-incentive-award-ceremony/

Yummmmm …. Asian Counseling and Referral Service Annual Gala

chef and event emcee

Top Chef Season 10 winner, Kristen Kish, jokes with event emcee and former King 5 reporter Owen Lei.

Enjoying food demonstrations on stage, and  linking ingredients and featured dishes to heritage and identity? That just makes the food taste better.

On Oct. 4, Comcast sponsored the Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s annual gala, known as the “Culinary Journey.” ACRS is the largest social service agency in the state serving the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Held at the Bellevue Westin, 400attendees enjoyed cooking demonstrations and colorful commentary on stage from local foodies and chefs, including notable guest, Top Chef Season 10 winner, Kristin Kish.
Learn more at: www.acrs.org

Comcast Supports UNCF Students in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville with Scholarships

The college application process can be daunting. Researching the schools, compiling the necessary information, requesting recommendations–and don’t forget finding the resources to pay the tuition. Applying to college requires a systematic approach and adequate assistance.

UNCF’s (familiarly known as the United Negro College Fund) Portfolio Project works to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants in Washington. The Portfolio Project provides a 10-week introductory boot-camp that guides 11th and 12th grade high school students through the college and scholarship application process.

Recently, the UNCF’s Portfolio program launched across three sites: in Seattle, Tacoma, and Marysville. Comcast is a proud, long-time supporter of UNCF, its annual gala, and its Portfolio Program. This year, Comcast is also awarding two $2,000 scholarships to students who complete the Portfolio Program.

Comcast Proud to Support Bruce Lee Exhibit at Wing Luke

“Do You Know Bruce?”

members of the Lee familiy

Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee greets the crowds with her mother, Linda Lee, to the left.

This month, Comcast helped hundreds of people in Seattle find out. Comcast presented the Opening Day of the “Do You Know Bruce?” exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle’s International District (ID). It was a highly anticipated showcase of the legendary Bruce Lee, who called Seattle’s “ID” his home as a young man. In fact, across the street from the museum is where Bruce Lee opened his first martial arts studio, teaching his new form, Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Caldwell, and daughter Shannon, were also in attendance. Shannon Lee expressed gratitude for the community’s embrace of her father and what he continues to mean to so many today.

Comcast's Diem Ly and Phil Yu, award-winning blogger of Angryasianman.com, enjoy the Bruce Lee exhibit at the Wing Luke in Seattle.

Comcast’s Diem Ly and Phil Yu, award-winning blogger of Angryasianman.com, who helped write material for the Bruce Lee exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle.

Diem Ly, External Affairs Manager for Comcast, made remarks at the event, explaining why Comcast is supporting the exhibit: “Comcast has supported this neighborhood and the Asian Pacific American community for years. We believe in and support the work of its many nonprofits. And second, we understand that when you honor one trailblazer–like Bruce Lee, like Wing Luke –you light a path for more to come.”

Learn more about at: www.wingluke.org

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