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Comcast and Wilder Foundation support youth leadership

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Comcast and Wilder Foundation support youth leadership
Today's youth will be Minnesota's future leaders. In urban neighborhoods, young people are challenged by an array of barriers to success in academic achievement, resistance to negative influencers and finding positive ways to express themselves and their talents.
"Graduates of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation's Youth Leadership Initiative, funded in part by the Comcast Foundation's President's Fund for the past five years, celebrate after graduation." Pictured are l-r: Chelsea Yean, Marcus Nissan, Chesa Greene, Faith DelPuerto, Lucia Arseni and Gao Vang


Today's youth will be Minnesota's future leaders. In urban neighborhoods, young people are challenged by an array of barriers to success in academic achievement, resistance to negative influencers and finding positive ways to express themselves and their talents.

The Wilder Center for Communities, an experienced leader in civic engagement, youth development and leadership, and Comcast have partnered to extend the reach of Wilder's Youth Leadership Initiative. Up to 60 culturally diverse urban young people, between the ages of 14 and 18 will build their ability to work effectively with others and promote action and service to benefit their communities.

Comcast Foundation, through its Comcast Twin Cities Region Headquarters in St. Paul has awarded The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation a $45,000 grant ($15,000/year for three years) to support the Youth Leadership Initiative.

"Urban youth offer energy, a willingness to learn, and a desire to make a difference in their communities," said Minnesota Senator Mee Moua, who represents District 67. "Comcast's gift will help develop new leaders in the Saint Paul area who are motivated and equipped to lead in a multicultural world."

"We are proud to help the Wilder Foundation demonstrate its leadership in meeting the area's needs," said Comcast Regional Vice President Bill Wright.

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (http://www.wilder.org) is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota, area since 1906.

Wilder Foundation operates over 70 programs and services that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing. Wilder is not a grant-making foundation.

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 23.3 million cable customers, 10 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.6 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. For more information about Comcast's products and services in the Twin Cities, please call 651-222-3333, or visit the company's Web site at www.comcast.com.
 

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