U.Va. Center for Politics Receives Comcast Foundation Grant for Civic Education

July 12, 2010 — The Comcast Foundation has awarded a $90,000 grant to the University of Virginia Center for Politics to support its Youth Leadership Initiative.

The initiative develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process. The grant from the Comcast Foundation will allow the institute to host teacher workshops over the next three years across West Virginia.

The first programs will be held this week in Beckley, Huntington, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. In August, YLI will host a statewide conference in Charleston featuring Gov. Joe Manchin III and others.

"We are grateful to Comcast for its generous contribution," said Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics. "The Comcast Foundation grant will help us to educate even more young people about the importance of civic engagement and becoming active in the political process."