NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has joined the board of City Year Los Angeles, the local chapter of the nationwide education-focused nonprofit organization.
"I'm excited to kick off my first year as board member," Greenblatt tells The Hollywood Reporter. "So I can only imagine the anticipation of the corps as they start working directly with students."
The organization partners with schools and teachers to place trained corps members on campuses where they can have the most impact on the national dropout rate. City Year's goal over the next decade is to work in the cities accounting for two-thirds of the nation's dropouts. This is the organization's sixth year operating in L.A. City Year corps members completing 10 months of service in an at-risk school.
"City Year is serving in 22 L.A. schools acting as tutors, mentors and role models to over 3,000 students that have gotten offtrack," Greenblatt added.
Comcast NBCUniversal sponsors an Opening Day ceremony, whic welcomes each year's City Year corps members, at all 24 City Year locations. Among this year's L.A. sponsors are The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Sony Corporation of America. Other names on the entertainment industry-heavy board of City Year Los Angeles include Jason Bateman, Hill Harper, Columbia Pictures' Hannah Minghella, Ryan Seacrest Productions' Kelly Mullens Brown, Conde Nast Entertainment's Dawn Ostroff, ABC News' Ben Sherwood, Wasserman Media Group's Arn Tellem, DreamWorks SKG's Stacey Snider and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group's Kevin Tsujihara. Andrew Hauptman of private investment firm Andell, Inc. chairs the L.A. board.
Greenblatt made his first public appearance on the board at City Year's Opening Day ceremony Friday, an event which launches the organization's year of service to schools in the area.
Greenblatt spoke at the event held on the South Lawn of Los Angeles City Hall. Other speakers included Dr. John Deasy, superintendent for the L.A. Unified School District, board member David Shaheen, managing director of JP Morgan's Entertainment Industries Group, and Allison Graff-Weisner, executive director of City Year. Joining them were all 275 City Year AmeriCorps members tutoring in L.A. schools on behalf of City Year.