St. Paul, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2013 – The Little Earth Boys and Girls Club Extension has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its Skill Tech program. The digital arts program re-introduces culture to participants through technology and provides relevant, fundamental skills and a creative outlet for youth.
“The Skill Tech program provides youth with computer literacy skills, gang diversion programming and teaches the value of education as a pathway out of poverty. With financial support from the Comcast Foundation, we can continue to offer holistic, after-school educational opportunities for Little Earth students that include computers, cultural and social activities in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Bill Ziegler, President and CEO, Little Earth.
Little Earth will use the funding to purchase supplies for its digital arts training program, including computers, digital cameras, video equipment and robotics kits. The materials will be used in weekly photography, video and robotics classes and labs.
“Comcast is proud to support Little Earth’s Youth Development programs that provide culturally relevant assignments and outreach. By combining technology and the arts through interactive tutorials and hands on experience, Little Earth youth are exposed to new, creative uses for technology,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Comcast Twin Cities.
Since Comcast started supporting the Little Earth Boys and Girls Club Extension in 2012, the company has awarded $30,000 of grant money to the Skill Tech program. Comcast also supported Little Earth’s attendance at the 2013 Boys & Girls Club Indian Country Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Little Earth was founded in 1973 to create affordable housing in South Minneapolis. As the first urban housing complex with Native preference, Little Earth serves as a national model, at the forefront of American Indian migration into urban areas.
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 $123 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 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 30 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.