Making a difference in our communities through leadership development is one of our key focus areas at Comcast NBCUniversal, and is a core value to many of our employees across Colorado. As National Mentoring Month is underway, we want to highlight one of our employees who understands the impact a mentor can have on someone’s life.
Shane Portfolio, Senior Vice President of Strategic Engineering Projects at Comcast, knows first-hand how important it is to have a consistent, genuine, trusted friend and mentor in a young person’s life. Growing up in Lafayette, Colorado, Shane and his single mother often struggled to make ends meet. When he was eight years old, his mother heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC) and thought Shane would benefit from having a male mentor or what they call a “Big” in his life. Shane was matched with Paul, who became a trusted resource. Shane recalls how he and Paul immediately had a chemistry and how he “…provided perspective that I was lacking and made a big impact on my life…He provided me context around thinking through things in a more pragmatic way and not just responding to everything in an emotional way.”
January is National Mentoring Month and, we’d like to recognize the difference our teammates are making through our partnership with BBBSC.
For more than a decade employee “Bigs” across Colorado have been helping to make a difference in the lives of their “Littles” – nationally more than 1,200 Comcast employees have participated in the program since it launched. And currently, there are more than 300 matches throughout 14 Comcast offices nationwide.
BBBSC works to inspire, ignite, and empower potential by matching young people with our employees through a variety of different mentoring programs. These matches are monitored and supported to ensure enduring, positive, and meaningful relationships. This creates a ripple effect across the lives of the children served, their families, the mentor, and generations to follow.
Interested in becoming a mentor? Sign up to become a mentor and learn other ways to get involved by visiting www.biglittlecolorado.org.