Comcast Adds $200,000 to Club Tech Program at Boys & Girls Clubs across America

Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are receiving $5,000 Club Tech

Impact grants from the Comcast Foundation to boost their digital

literacy and computer training programs as part of Comcast’s $50 million

commitment to the Club Tech program at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

(BGCA). The $200,000 commitment will go to 40 Clubs – 20 grants in the

spring and 20 more in the fall,

The funds will be used to support Club Tech, the digital literacy

initiative Comcast co-sponsors with Microsoft that provides youth and

teens with access to technology software, program materials and digital

training. The program also incorporates technology into the Clubs’

operations and management tools, creating a long-term development plan

for the Clubs and their future members.

“The Club Tech program aligns perfectly with one of Comcast’s key

community initiatives: taking aim at the digital divide by making

digital literacy and computer training available where it is needed

most,” Charisse Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation, said. “We

are happy to join Microsoft in support of these efforts at Boy & Girls

Clubs across the country.”

In 2010, Comcast joined founding sponsor Microsoft as a national sponsor

of the Club Tech program and by the end of 2013 will have provided

approximately $50 million of financial and in-kind support to BGCA and

local Clubs across the country. Since 2010, Comcast provided more than

$2 million to nearly 200 local Clubs along with $18.5 million of in-kind

support in the form of PSA airtime and donated products.

In addition to its support for the BGCA’s Club Tech program, Comcast has

donated computers to create labs in many of the Clubs and has also

provided key grants and financial support to other BGCA initiatives and

events.

“The support we receive for Club Tech has allowed Boys & Girls Clubs

across the country to provide youth with digital access and

opportunities that may not otherwise be available at school or at home,”

said Dan Rauzi, senior director of technology programs at BGCA. “Along

with Microsoft, Comcast support allows our Clubs and the young people we

serve to enhance technology skills necessary for a successful future.”

So far, nearly one million young people have been served through the

Club Tech programs and given access to its resources. In 2011, BGCA, in

partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, launched Faces

of the Future, an online campaign that features Club Tech

participants and promotes the value of providing technology access and

opportunities to youth.

Club Tech is just one of the digital initiatives Comcast has undertaken

to address the Digital Divide and the need to provide better broadband

access to more low-income Americans. Comcast believes digital literacy

powers the dreams of opportunity, and is an essential step on the

pathway to information and success.

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 community service, expanding

digital literacy and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception

the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $90 million to

organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More

information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/neighborhood.

More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

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, nearly 4,000 Boys &

Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club

membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns,

public housing and on Native American lands throughout the

country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on

U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place,

caring adult mentors, fun and 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 bgca.org/facebook

and bgca.org/twitter.