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 afterschool 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 afterschool 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, Bright House Networks works with more than 500 local charities throughout the areas we serve. Working together with our partners, we endeavor to build brighter communities.
Bright House Networks is committed to doing its part to help teachers and students succeed. We are pleased to support two new programs that do just that. Through our 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.
For a decade Bright House Networks, along with the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), teamed up to restore instrumental music education programs across all IPS elementary schools. The partnership began in 2000, when instrumental music programs were virtually nonexistent, and each of the ten years awarded a handful of schools with musical instruments to bring band and string programs back to the schools. The restore was completed in 2010 when all 42 Indianapolis Public Schools offered music education programs for their students.
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.
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:
Working with the Afterschool Alliance, 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.