This week, the holidays came early for more than a dozen Jere Baxter Middle school students.
On December 5, during a digital literacy training at Comcast’s Nashville office, 15 middle school students were surprised with new iPads. The Jere Baxter Middle School students are participants in the “Beyond School Walls” program run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
Beyond School Walls is a unique workplace mentoring program in which companies give back to their communities by hosting students from area schools at their offices. The program introduces middle school youth to the corporate world and shows them the requirements needed to achieve professional success, all while building a strong and supportive mentoring relationship.
Since 2011, Comcast in Nashville has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and Jere Baxter Middle School to provide one-to-one mentoring to the students. Comcast employees serve as “Big Brothers” or “Big Sisters,” meeting with their “Littles” at the Comcast facility at least twice a month.
“Today, our students are excitedly taking home new tablets, but every day our students leave with personal growth, inspiration and friendship,” said BBBSMT CEO, Melissa Hudson-Gant. “We are thankful to Comcast for their partnership in this meaningful program and their employees’ commitment to defending the potential of our young people.”