Northeast Youth & Family Services Receives $15,000 From Comcast Foundation

Grant will be used to Support Tutoring and Enrichment Activities

St. Paul, Minn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Northeast Youth & Family Services has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its Service + Tutoring Equals Pride (STEP) program. STEP is a comprehensive, year-round program designed to improve the academic achievement of 62 elementary and middle school area youth who are underperforming academically and struggling socially.

Left: Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services Middle: Daniel  Newham, Director, Human Resources, Comcast Right: Mike Logan, Director, Government Affairs, Comcast

Left: Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services
Middle: Daniel Newham, Director, Human Resources, Comcast
Right: Mike Logan, Director, Government Affairs, Comcast

“Programs like STEP provide a community-based response, in connection with our local schools, to address the achievement gap,” said Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services. “The Comcast Foundation grant gives us additional resources to work with students who are at risk academically and who lack a connection to school, to improve their academic success and ultimately graduation rates.”

Northeast Youth & Family Services will use the funding for educational materials, including art and science supplies for projects and experiments. The grant will also help cover fees for field trips to museums, theaters and other venues that provide participants with opportunities to expand their life experiences and positively impact their academic success.

“This outstanding community organization is taking an active role in improving the lives of local students and families,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Comcast Twin Cities. “Comcast is proud to support the STEP program as it encourages youth to challenge themselves academically, and to pursue leadership and service opportunities.”

Northeast Youth & Family Services serves residents in the northeast Twin Cities metro area. Each year, the agency works with more than 4,500 youth, families and adults to provide counseling, support, mental health education and other educational services.

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 Comcast 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.

About Northeast Youth & Family Service (NYFS)
NYFS’ mission is to prepare youth and families for healthy lives. The organization serves residents in the northern Ramsey and southern Anoka county suburbs and the greater metropolitan area. Each year, NYFS improves the lives of over 4,000 youth, families and adults. The agency’s primary focus is on youth ages 5-21, however it serves people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. For more information visit http://www.nyfs.org/.

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