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Big Mentors, Big Reach and Big Results

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has partnered with Comcast since 2008. As this partnership has grown, so has Comcast’s generosity.

For years, Comcast has sponsored our national mentorship recognition program, Bigs of the Year, and the company has involved our nonprofit in its national day of philanthropy, Comcast Cares Day. Its donation of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of airtime for public service announcements has helped us reach even more people and encourage them to become mentors.

Beyond School Walls

Comcast also has a highly successful workplace mentoring program, Beyond School Walls. This program brings volunteerism into the workplace, inviting Littles (students) to meet with Bigs (corporate employees) from Comcast. Bigs spend time with Littles, doing anything from homework to providing guidance to just having fun. Beyond School Walls has grown from a pilot program to a successful and sustainable workplace-mentoring model, and is now in more than 40 states and used by nearly 100 companies.

According to outcome surveys, big results occur after just one year of enrollment:

  • Littles showed significant gains in educational experience and social acceptance, maintaining or improving academic outcomes.
  • Comcast Bigs (employees) are more satisfied in the workplace than employees who did not participate in Beyond School Walls.

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