Comcast awards $30,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services

first_imgMackenzie announced the grant during Spectrum Youth and Family Services recent 4th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner.  In addition to the grant, Comcast served as the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraiser, which raises proceeds to support the Free Meals Program at Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center.  Employees at Comcast s Burlington office also held a food drive to benefit the organization, collecting over 500 pounds of food to donate. Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  We are proud to partner with Spectrum Youth and Family Services to ensure that Burlington s youth receive the job training skills they need to boost their knowledge and confidence, and help them obtain their first job and an opportunity for a successful future. About The Comcast FoundationThe Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company s chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com(link is external) click on About, then In the Community. We have seen more young people walk out of doors equipped with the skills to effectively search for employment, interview for appropriate positions, and maintain their job in a professional manner. Thanks to the Comcast Foundation we will be able to serve more youth through this program, said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in nearly three years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.  Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals. Spectrum One Stop (SOS), conveniently located on Pearl Street in Burlington, is an emergency youth shelter, drop-in center, and multi-service center, which offers youth, ages 14-21 a comprehensive continuum of services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and much more. Spectrum Youth and Family Service s goal is to support homeless youth helping them navigate a successful transition to a productive adulthood. More information about Spectrum and our programs is available at www.spectrumvt.org(link is external) About Spectrum Youth and Family ServicesSpectrum has more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster, and at-risk youth in Vermont. Spectrum s mission is to work with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct services, and a continuum of support, to create a more just and compassionate community. Comcast Cable,Demonstrating the company s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Comcast Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping the organization fulfill its mission to provide transitional housing and support services to at-risk youth in Burlington.  The grant $10,000 a year over three years will enable the organization to assist local young people acquire the skills needed to obtain and retain an entry-level job.The Comcast grant will support Spectrum Youth and Family Services Job Skills Training Program, which helps homeless, foster and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 obtain, practice and reinforce the skills necessary to obtain and retain an entry-level job.  The program, a two-week intensive course that runs 90-minute sessions five days a week, offers job shadowing opportunities, internships and interviews at local businesses for the young people that graduate from it.  The funds will help offer 540 class hours of job skills training and provide training for 225 at-risk youth over the next three years. ###last_img read more

SB : Orange refocuses heading into Big East play

first_imgWally King warned his Syracuse players they would return to ‘top-25 practices.’After narrowly escaping with a win over a lowly Canisius team, the SU associate head coach knew it was time for the Orange to snap back into it. For King, it starts with returning to hard work between games.‘I think Saturday was a close enough game that required us to turn it back on,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said.With Big East play rapidly approaching, Syracuse needs to flip the switch back on during practices. Ross felt the team was going through the motions and the energy level needed to rise.And with the excuse of constant travel the team faced at the start season in the books, Ross decided it was time to push the Orange like she did in the preseason. The end result is a re-energized squad that will take on St. John’s in a slate of three games this weekend on the road to open Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut against Canisius, SU almost didn’t win a game it should have won easily. A Kelly Saco walk-off single rescued the Orange from a potentially major bump in the road. After the game, senior catcher Lacey Kohl said she and her teammates weren’t happy with what transpired, even in a win.‘I don’t want to say disappointed because disappointed is a strong word,’ Kohl said. ‘We just know that we’re a much better team that showed up on Saturday. … I don’t think we showed up to play by any means.’Because the Orange didn’t show up Saturday, it got back to work Monday.With the entire team in attendance, Kohl said SU slowed things down while still turning up the intensity. The Orange got back to focusing on the fundamentals of the game, and if the team didn’t do something the right way, it ran sprints and did push-ups.‘We were all scared because we know what it means if we mess up,’ Kohl said. ‘We run.’It was a reminder from Ross that to play well in every minute of every game the team needed to keep focused, regardless of the competition.Lisaira Daniels said she and her teammates still have the goal of making a deep postseason run on their minds, but it helps when the coaches remind them of that agenda.‘It was getting back on that goal,’ Daniels said. ‘… It’s different when you hear it from your coach.’That agenda brings Syracuse to conference play this weekend. Daniels sees the team as underdogs for another season. In the preseason conference poll, the Orange was voted to finish second behind DePaul, despite the fact that SU topped the Blue Demons last year in the Big East tournament.To Daniels, it was a slap in Syracuse’s face.But Daniels isn’t concerned with proving Syracuse is the best team in the conference. To prove it’s better than teams like DePaul, Louisville and South Florida, the senior outfielder knows the Orange must take care of business against weaker teams like the Red Storm this weekend.St. John’s is just 12-19 on the season and has lost three of its last five games. The last time Syracuse played St. John’s in the regular season was during the 2010 season, in which the Orange won both games of the doubleheader.Regardless of SU’s past success, it still can’t take inferior competition for granted like it did against Canisius on Saturday.‘The Colgates and the Canisiuses, we’ve got to beat those teams,’ Daniels said. ‘We can’t play at their level. We always have to stick with our level. We’re a great team.’Daniels wouldn’t go as far as to say St. John’s is one of the teams that Syracuse should beat with ease. But Kohl had no problem saying she thinks Syracuse is the superior team.‘I do think that,’ Kohl said. ‘And I think we all know that going in.’dgproppe@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more