Big Brothers Big Sisters and Comcast Bring Mentoring Beyond School Walls in Lynnwood

Students from Woodside Elementary School in Everett will gain a special learning experience outside their classroom this school year, thanks to the Beyond School Walls program, a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County and Comcast.

The 22 fourth- and fifth-grade student “Littles” will meet  with Comcast employee “Bigs” at Comcast’s Lynnwood market offices and call center for one-to-one mentoring sessions. The program this year kicked off Wednesday, as a noisy set of children and excited adults shared lunch. This is the fourth year we’ve hosted “Littles” here in Lynnwood.

“Beyond School Walls is a great way for me to give back to our community and give guidance to our future generation. I take great pride in mentoring and providing a fun, positive, and energetic atmosphere! One of the great things about this program is we as Comcast employees get just as much out of it as the students do,” said Matthew Becerra, a “Big” who is otherwise a technical support supervisor at the Lynnwood call center, where employees help customer who have questions or problems with a product or service.

“The relationships built through this mentoring program are life-changing for both our employees and their Littles,” said Steve Kipp, Vice President of Communications for Comcast in Washington. “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.”

Beyond School Walls aims to help at-risk children reach their fullest potential. Launched in 2008 at the company’s Philadelphia headquarters, Comcast’s Beyond School Walls program is the nation’s largest workplace mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with more than 300 mentoring matches anticipated this school year. This is the fourth year that the program has been active in Lynnwood.

Research shows that children in the Beyond School Walls program have improved focus in school, improved grades, and a positive change in attitudes or perceptions. Compared to other mentoring programs run by Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comcast matches have:

  • A higher 12-month retention rate (66% vs 42%)
  • Serve more male Littles (48% vs 44%)
  • Reflect more diverse Littles  (82% non-white vs 69%)

One year after being enrolled in the Comcast Beyond School Walls program, Littles showed significant gains in educational expectations and social acceptance, according to 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey data.  Eighty-seven percent of Comcast mentees maintained or improved in outcomes related to educational expectations.

If you’d like to know more about  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, see BigBrothersBigSisters.org. For more about their work in Everett, Lynnwood and other parts of the area, visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County website.

 

Lynnwood XFINITY Store Opening Delayed

We had previously posted a link to a new location for the Lynnwood Xfinity Store, but the decision has been made not to move on Monday in order to give customers the best possible experience. We apologize for the confusion, and thank you for your patience. We will be in touch when the opening is rescheduled!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State Launch My.Future at Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County in Lacey

The event described below took place on Thursday; above you’ll see a video about the event. For the full half hour session, click on this link for our Livestream of the news conference. For a great report on the announcement and what it means for youth, here’s an article posted to ThurstonTalk. 


My.Future Will Provide Hands-On Technology Training to Equip Youth with the Skills Needed to Succeed in the Digital Age

LACEY, WA Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State (BGCWA), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and Comcast NBCUniversal held a celebration today for the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach youth about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

 

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs, including the Club kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design.

 

The celebration, held at the Lacey Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, was expected to be attended by State Rep. Richard Debolt (a BGCTC Board Member), Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder, Lacey Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt and Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Board Members, staff and kids.

 

“Today’s young people are digital natives, born into a world where technology is ever-present and constantly changing. In order to ensure great futures for all our youth, it is our job to keep up to date with technology,” said Joe Ingoglia, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County “With the support of Comcast NBCUniversal and launch of My.Future, our Club members will develop the technology skills needed to pursue promising careers and thrive in today’s digital world. Comcast has already been supporting our kids through a great program called Digital Connectors for several years. Currently we have 16 kids at our Tumwater Club who will graduate at the end of the program with Cisco certifications, EverFi financial training, and the technological acumen needed to remain competitive in an ever-evolving, digitally-driven workforce.”

 

This is the fifth year Comcast Foundation has provided financial support to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, including the most recent grant of $13,000 for the Tumwater Digital Connectors program.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington, whether they’re in Bellingham, Tumwater, Spokane or so many other points in between and around the state, make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids every day by inspiring them to become productive, caring and responsible citizens,” said Len Rozek, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Washington Market. “Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to partner with them to launch My.Future ― helping to bridge the digital divide and develop the computer scientists, engineers, software developers and programmers of tomorrow.”

 

My.Future will be utilized at 146 clubs in Washington State, according to Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State. Communities with clubs include Anacortes, Arlington, Bainbridge Island, Belfair, Bellevue, Bellingham, Benton City, Blaine, Bremerton, Camas, Clarkston, Coupeville, Edmonds, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Granite Falls, Ilwaco, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Kennewick, Kingston, Kirkland, Lacey, La Conner, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lummi Island, Lynden, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mead, Mercer Island, Monroe, Moses Lake, Mount Vernon, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Pasco, Port Angeles, Port Orchard, Prosser, Redmond, Rochester, Sammamish, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Sequim, Snohomish, Spanaway, Spokane, Sultan, Tacoma, Tulalip, Tumwater, Vancouver, Fairchild Air Force Base, Kitsap Naval Base, McChord Air Force Base, and NAS Whidbey Island

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBCUniversal also announced today that they have entered into a five-year national partnership valued at tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind to support the development and launch of My.Future. Additionally, through the new partnership, Comcast will provide in-kind support that will include national airtime for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s public service announcements to communicate the benefits Boys & Girls Clubs provide to youth most in need during out-of-school-time. My.Future is part of BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign, launched in July to call attention to the crisis facing kids and elevate the role of out-of-school time in reversing negative trends and empowering more youth toward success through enriching after-school and summer programs.

 

By partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Comcast NBCUniversal is harnessing the power of technology and the Internet to expand digital literacy and help conquer the digital divide. Since 2011, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation have dedicated more than $200 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital readiness initiatives nationwide, reaching more than 1.75 million people through non-profit, digital literacy partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

 

According to STEMConnector.org, STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. There will be more than 8 million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018, but 3 million of them may go unfilled because of a lack of people with required skills. The project-based learning experiences that are a part of My.Future will expose more young people to STEM-related activities to help address this large, unmet need.
About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

 

About the Comcast Foundation

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—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $153 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.

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington exist to inspire & enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It focuses on five core program areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts and sports/fitness/recreation. Currently, 78,660 Washington state youth in grades K-12 are served through annual membership and over 63,000 youth through community outreach. There are programs currently offered at 151 separate locations, including Clubhouses, native lands, public housing, schools and community centers.

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County is a youth development agency serving school-age youth 5-18 years old. Founded in 2001, four Club locations now serve over 2,600 local youth with the mission of inspiring and enabling young people, especially those in greatest need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens, by providing community-based Clubs that are safe and positive places for kids. BGCTC offers programming in five key areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Learn more at: www.bgctc.org, https://www.facebook.com/bgctc , and https://twitter.com/BGCThurstonCo.

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

Wednesday storm update Nov. 12, 2014

scenes of storm damage in Federal Way

Here’s what the outskirts of Federal Way looked like last yesterday. Power outages continue to bedevil power companies and the rest of us who rely on electricity.

1 pm update: Repairs continue as described below. Check out the photos above for some of the sights we’re not enjoying so much out there.
It’s been interesting, as these windstorms have been going by, how differently the winds attack different areas during different storms. In the storm before this one, Mercer Island got hammered. This storm, it’s parts of South King and Pierce counties, where the winds just kept coming. We estimate about 27,000 customers are without service, almost all because their power is out, heavily focused in the area immediately around our Auburn field office and radiating into Pierce County.

Your best updates for power issues will be the power companies, particularly the Twitter feed of Puget Sound Energy.

When storms arrive, our crews assess where the damage is worst and do what we can to preserve the network. We cheer on the power crews, because they have to go in first to make the scene safe. In some situations, we simply can’t even be present because the power situation is unstable, and of course that causes an understandable delay in repairs.

We wait until electrical crews have completed their repairs and make the area safe before we and other people with lines on the poles can move in and begin our work. At all times, the goal is to keep everyone healthy.

Something we occasionally see is a situation where the power is on at a house, but there’s an outage nearby on the network that affects Xfinity services. Obviously the goal there is to get services back up, and we apologize if you’re one of those people thusly affected. One of the things we try to do when it makes sense is deploy generators when it can boost a network in the surrounding area.

In 99 percent or more of the time, when your electrical service is restored, your Xfinity services will come right back up. In some cases, it’s good to perform a powercycle to clear the equipment. If your service is still not working, that could be because of storm damage that you, and therefore we, did not know about until now. And of course that’s very frustrating, because all you the customer knows is that you had to wait just to get power back up. We are grateful for your business and your patience after storms like this one. We’re out there, fixing where we can, and hoping the wind dies down everywhere!

Windstorm update Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014

Our crews are out as another windstorm comes to visit. Stay safe. Below is a picture of an electrical line burning the asphalt on 29600 block of 154th Ave SE in Kent. Not surprisingly, the road was closed. We just added a second photo below it, of damage on Black Diamond Road in Auburn and another fire.

power line on fire in road

A power line fell on the 29600 block of 154th Ave SE, serving as an example of what high winds can do to our area.

trees, poles and a fire on Black Diamond Road in Auburn

Storm damage on Black Diamond Road in Auburn, with several trees and poles down. Yep, that’s a fire in the background.

When storms arrive, our crews assess where the damage is worst and do what we can to preserve the network. We cheer on the power crews, because they have to go in first to make the scene safe. The scenes above just give us glimpses of what all crews must face.

We wait until electrical crews have completed their repairs and make the area safe before we and other people with lines on the poles can move in and begin our work. At all times, the goal is to keep everyone healthy.

n 99 percent or more of the time, when your electrical service is restored, your Xfinity services will come right back up. In some cases, it’s good to perform a powercycle to clear the equipment. If your service is still not working, that could be because of storm damage that you, and therefore we, did not know about until now. And of course that’s very frustrating, because all you the customer knows is that you had to wait just to get power back up. We are grateful for your business and your patience after storms like this one. We’re out there, fixing where we can, and hoping the wind dies down everywhere!

Oh, you may have seen this program, but if not, KIRO gave everyone a glimpse into a room that’s hopping right now. The monitoring station in Everett tracks signal strength and other issues throughout Washington. You can see it on a calmer day from the newscast below. You can click on the screenshot for a link to the story and video.

Click on the screenshot to see KIRO TV's story and video about our monitoring center (and what our colleagues at Seattle City Light do before storms as well!)

Click on the screenshot to see KIRO TV’s story and video about our monitoring center (and what our colleagues at Seattle City Light do before storms as well!)

 

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