At Bright House Networks, we have a longstanding tradition of also serving our customers by supporting the communities in which you work and live. After all, we live here too. We want our local areas not only to survive but thrive! Recognizing the importance of investing in education and after-school programs, we focus the majority of our resources on improving the quality of education in the classroom through cable resources and technologies and increasing achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; and, we do our part to ensure kids have greater access to affordable quality after-school programs.
We also strive to be good neighbors in the communities we serve through programs like Operation Bright Eyes and Keeping Kids Safe by providing support and encouragement for local volunteerism by our employees. In any given year,
Making Resources Available to Schools and Youth
We are pleased to support two new programs that do just that. Through our Bright House Networks is committed to doing its part to help teachers and students succeed. Classroom Innovators Grant Program there is an on-going effort to assist with classroom needs. The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools located within any Bright House Networks service area. Recipients will be awarded up to $500 to support their efforts to move students forward to a bright future through educational learning.
Bright House Networks Futures Leaders is a technology scholarship program designed to recognize high school seniors in good standing in the Bright House Networks service area for their contributions to their schools and local communities. Bright House Future Leaders winners will be awarded a computer laptop, software and carrying case.
Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders
Bright House Networks is committed to investing in education and our children’s future. From teaching online safety to children and parents, providing scholarships and laptops to college-bound high school seniors and recognizing and rewarding teachers for engaging students with new technologies in the classroom, Bright House Networks has been a leader in supporting education and teachers. We are proud to continue our partnership with Cable in the Classroom to promote digital citizenship. And, through our Bright House Networks 21st Century Star Teacher Awards, we have recognized more than 250 highly creative teachers who use Cable in the Classroom resources to promote digital citizenship, safety, literacy, and ethical behavior online.
Bright House Networks is also proud to be a partner in the nationally recognized and supported program, Connect2Compete, which provides low-cost, discounted broadband Internet service to qualified households with at least one child in grades K-12. Read the FAQ for more information on Connect2Compete.
Every year, Bright House Networks partners with C-SPAN on StudentCam, in which 6-18 students in Bright House Networks service areas are honored annually for creating short video documentaries on issues that affect our communities and nation. Bright House Networks also helps prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s workplace. We partner with programs like the Emma L. Bowen Foundation — created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry — and Junior Achievement — the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs — to name just a few.
Building Economies and Developing Young Entrepeneurs
Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth is a multistate competition that helps today’s youth develop into innovative entrepreneurs who can change the world. The competition aims to cultivate the changes our local youth can inspire and to encourage their creativity to develop new ideas to make their own life, community or even the world, better and show how STEM can bring their idea to life.
Each of our service areas throughout the country will have the opportunity to send one finalist to compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience in Orlando, Florida. The big winner will have the chance to work with a leading innovation firm — which means this student’s dream or idea could potentially be realized and fulfilled!
Bright House Networks is committed to building our local economies and fostering leadership experiences for our youth. We’re also helping create emerging technologies too! Students will gain an invaluable opportunity to learn how to become an entrepreneur in America.
Providing Leadership in the Community
Every year, our employees make a difference by volunteering their time at afterschool programs, public schools, arts and cultural programs; and civic, environmental and community service organizations in their local communities. Last year alone, more than 200 Bright House Networks executives served on the board of directors of more than 230 organizations. Providing leadership in the community is an important part of being a good neighbor.
To further its commitment to volunteerism, Bright House Networks has recently expanded its Community Service Day Program allowing employees to volunteer in their community during work hours. Full-time employees receive one regularly scheduled workday each year to volunteer in their community; halftime employees receive a half day.
Thousands of students benefit each year from our investments in after school and education through programs like:
- Cable in the Classroom - More than $2 million dollars of in-kind support donated to 1,667 Public Private Schools across the country.
- We provide cash and in-kind support benefiting more than 40,000 students attending local after school programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs;
- More than $25,000 in college scholarships awarded annually to students who excel in academics, athletics, and other areas.
Engaging Youth Afterschool
Working with the Afterschool Alliance and the Florida Afterschool Network, we conduct annual awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of afterschool programs to youth and families throughout its service areas. Locally, we support prominent afterschool program providers like the Boys & Girls Clubs.
We know that when kids are engaged and in a safe place during those critical hours between 3-6 p.m., crime goes down and graduation rates go up. We have focused on providing resources for children across all of our service areas. In addition to our financial commitment, we have provided High Speed Internet, Digital TV, promotional on-air advertising and scholarships to afterschool providers. To date, we have given nearly $2 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs.