Comcast NBCUniversal is working to build stronger communities with the help of Comcast NBCUnites non-profit partners in the locations where our employees live and work. One of these partners is Minds Matter, a national college access program for high-achieving high school students from low-income families that helps transform their lives by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
During their sophomore year of high school, every student in the Minds Matter program is paired with mentors who help celebrate and challenge the student's three-year journey to college. Approximately 50 percent of students enrolled are the first in their family to attend college; however, 100 percent of Minds Matter students are accepted into a four-year colleges and more than 80 percent attend top-tier colleges and universities.
As part of Comcast NBCUnites, Comcast NBCUniversal is hosting the first-ever Minds Matter Media Fellows program that will join employees to an existing network of over 2,000 Minds Matter volunteers that serve 750 students across chapters in 14 cities, including New York City and Los Angeles.
The Media Fellows Program is a four-day mentoring program in both New York City and Los Angeles that will provide employees with the opportunity to mentor students and work to brainstorm creative answers to NBCU case studies and present their solutions to a rousing audience. Volunteers can sign up to be a “Lunch Buddy” or “Session Mentor.” Lunch Buddies spend a single lunch hour with the students to share about their college experiences. Session Mentors work with students to help them brainstorm ideas for the case study and offer helpful feedback during the presentation development process.
“We want NBCUniversal employees to bring their unique experiences to help our kids understand how they got to the jobs they have today. Working for an organization like NBCUniversal, what did they do to get here? What did they study in college? What kind of work did they do to get to this amazing institution?”
- Colin P. Delaney, Director of Development at Minds Matter NYC