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Jr. Apprentice Receives Comast Grant for 2013 Teen Apprenticeships

Oct 01, 2013
Jr. Apprentice
Jr. Apprentice Receives Comcast Grant for 2013 Teen Apprenticeship Program
Jr. Apprentice & Comcast Also Working Together to Bridge Digital Divide

Hartford, CT – October 2, 2013 - Jr. Apprentice is pleased to announce a partnership with Comcast that includes a grant to support their 2013 Teen Apprenticeship Program, which selects Bulkeley High School Juniors and provides them with workplace and career-readiness training and matches them with a local employer for a three month internship.  Jr. Apprentice and Comcast will also collaborate to help bridge the digital divide.   

Jr. Apprentice was founded in 2013 and is a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.  They are dedicated to connecting Hartford youth with local employers in a teen apprenticeship program that provides exposure, training and career mentorship for in-demand jobs.  The goal of Jr. Apprentice is to help participants develop their interests and talents and identify how they can apply them to career opportunities.

Applications from Hartford employers interested in serving as a professional mentors span many industries including business & entrepreneurship, healthcare, technology, digital media design, education/youth development & non-profit management. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, as Jr. Apprentice pays the teens per hour of work, providing much-needed employment for Hartford teens at no financial burden to the Professional-Mentors, and it exposes the students to mentors and arms them with real working experience. It also draws closer connections between the current and future workforce in Hartford – whereby current professionals play an integral role in developing, training and mentoring the City’s future leaders.

“We are very excited to partner with Comcast,” said Lauren Silverstein, PhD, Director and Founder of Jr. Apprentice.  “When we first met, it was immediately apparent how committed Comcast is to our local youth, and specifically to closing opportunity gaps.  We look forward to partnering with Comcast to support Hartford youth and help prepare them for the next step in their lives.”

Jr. Apprentice will also help to support Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families.  

“One of Comcast’s top community investment priorities is to build tomorrow’s leaders which is one of the reasons supporting Jr. Apprentice is such a great fit and we’re proud to present them with a $1,500 grant to support their Teen Apprenticeship Program,” said Kristen Roberts, Vice President of Public Relations and Community Investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut.  “Not only do we applaud the program’s goal of motivating young people to achieve their maximum potential and be catalysts for positive change in their communities, but we also appreciate their efforts to help us get the word out about Internet Essentials to bridge the digital divide in Greater Hartford.”

Now in its third year, Internet Essentials provides eligible households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch under the National School Lunch Program with access to low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month – no price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees.  Families also can purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access digital literacy training sessions and materials online, in print, and in person.  For general information about Internet Essentials, visit for English and visit for Spanish.

About Jr. Apprentice
Jr. Apprentice was founded in 2013 and is a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.  The program exposes its participants to career readiness classes and apprenticeship opportunities where they gain technical skills and knowledge, receive career mentorship and learn more about what career might be a good fit.   Jr. Apprentice pays the teens per hour of work, providing much-needed employment for Hartford teens at no financial burden to the Professional-Mentors. For more information, contact Lauren Silverstein, Director at or 860-840-7292 or visit our website at

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit for more information.

Lauren A. Silverstein, Ph.D
Director, Jr. Apprentice

Jessica Forrest