On March 19, Comcast hosted 70 City Year AmeriCorps members at their headquarters office in Southside Jacksonville for the Annual Comcast Careers Day. Eight Comcast mangers, supervisors and directors guided AmeriCorps members through a variety of soft-skills workshops that focused on topics such as career planning, interviewing skills and improving a resume.
After an amazing introduction from Tonya Smart – Comcast human resources officer by day, spoken word artist and leader of Youth Poetry Slam by night - corps members broke out for small group conversations with Comcast executives. In this smaller setting AmeriCorps members were able to ask questions and create lasting connections that will help them in their pursuit to become strong ‘Leaders After City Year’.
City Year Jacksonville is extremely grateful for the time Comcast and its executives spend every year, lending their experience to the professional development of AmeriCorps members. In addition to their expertise, Comcast also sponsors a City Year Team at Jean Ribault Middle School; without which our work would not be possible.
As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Comcast is sending out “tiny ripples of hope” every year for our AmeriCorps Members by supporting and encouraging them to be the best leaders they can be in our community now and after their City Year.
Written by Allishia Bauman, proud Corps Support and Career Services Manager for City Year Jacksonville