Comcast Donates Two Million Dollars to City Year
Comcast has established a partnership with City Year, a national community service organization that trains more than 1,000 youths annually. City Year corp members (volunteers) spend one year devoted to community service, leadership development, and civic involvement. As a City Year National Leadership Sponsor, Comcast will donate two million dollars, in cash and in kind, to benefit City Year's programs over the next two years. This is Comcast's largest national community partnership.

Comcast's direct cash contribution of $1 million will support many of City Year's national leadership development programs including the annual organization-wide training programs for corps and staff, the leadership curriculum at City Year's annual national convention and local leadership training at various City Year sites nationwide. The partnership between Comcast and City Year also will focus activities in City Year markets within the Comcast service area including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. In addition, Comcast will produce and air City Year's first public service announcement later this year.

Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established community service programs in 14 U.S. cities. Focusing mostly on education and youth, City Year corp members act as mentors to children and target social issues such as AIDS awareness, diversity and violence prevention. During its 2002-2003 program year, City Year's nearly 1,000 corps members and staff will collectively complete more than 1.5 million service hours mentoring, educating and leading into service more than 78,000 children. City Year was a model for AmeriCorps, America's national service initiative, and is a member of AmeriCorps.

 Discovery Channel Global Education Fund Launched in Romania
The Discovery Channel Global Education Fund (DCGEF) has launched six new Global Education Learning Centers in Dambovita County, Romania, about two hours from Bucharest. Locally managed, these learning centers will provide six school communities with media technology and serve to improve educational opportunities in a region where technology and science are not yet universally available. Equipped with a television, VCR, and cable technology (where feasible), learning centers also provide teacher training and video programming based on the community's individual needs. DCGEF is working with the Romanian Ministry of Education in order to ensure the project meets both classroom and community education objectives.

DCGEF currently maintains 134 learning centers in nine countries including Angola, Mexico, Namibia,  Peru, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Romania is the first European country to benefit from DCGEF's technological assistance, and the Fund hopes to further expand its educational outreach throughout the world so that by 2005 it reaches 1 million children. For more information, contact Jennifer Henry at

 Cable in the Classroom Announces New System Workshop Tool
Cable in the Classroom has created a new, customizable presentation for local systems to use to demonstrate the learning potential of cable technology and content to educators and other key audiences. The Cable Resources for Education PowerPoint provides CIC members with a new tool for teacher workshops and other kinds of events that show the potential learning value of cable. It can communicate cable's investment in local communities by providing information about new technologies and educational content and demonstrate how cable technology and content can support teaching and learning. The PowerPoint presentation includes live Internet links to Cable in the Classroom and member network's most interactive educational features. For information on the PowerPoint presentation, contact Reggi Fryzel at

 CTPAA Volunteer Opportunities
CTPAA is recruiting volunteers for Board, FORUM, and Beacon Committees. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2004 to the industry. Beacon volunteers manage the complete 2004 Beacon Awards process from promotion of the deadlines to judging the entries to the Beacon Awards Gala. The three Board Committees develop association programs and include Create a Favorable Environment for Business Growth, Provide Professional Development Resources and Recognition, and Strengthen CTPAA's Effectiveness. For more information on FORUM or Board Committees, contact Steve Jones at (202) 775-1083 or at For information on the Beacon committee, contact Michelle Butler at (202) 775-1082 or at To volunteer, complete the volunteer form and fax it to CTPAA at (202) 955-1134.

 Thank You 2003 Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at 202/775-1083 or at For membership details, go to

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems