Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008
Reinaldo Llano '99 learned firsthand the importance of the support children receive in afterschool programs. For the past four years, the Hobart graduate has put his efforts into expanding the availability of, and the means for, such programs.
After working for 10 years at Time Warner, Llano left to become the director of corporate community relations at Bright House Networks.
"I'm responsible for designing and implementing strategies and programs that further our overall goals and objectives: to promote our support for education and afterschool programs, link our elected officials to our programs and causes, engage our employees, and leverage industry diversity best-practices to ensure our programs and investments meet the needs and reflect the diversity of our customers," he explains.
In order to advance his contributions to afterschool programs, Llano worked through Bright House Networks to create the Bright Kids Network, an afterschool initiative that "invested over $1 million in support of afterschool programs in Florida," he says.
Llano is also on the board of the Afterschool Alliance and is the chair of their finance committee, as well as having recently acted as the executive producer of a 30-minute cable TV show, "After the School Bell Rings," that hit the air in Florida (6.4 million households) last month. The show features more than 20 interviews with high-profile leaders and afterschool champions from different segments of society; children who participate in the programs and facts and figures on the afterschool needs, benefits and challenges.
"The cable program also focuses on Florida, with statewide leaders discussing the supports they see children need after school, and what needs to be done in Florida to provide those supports," says Llano.
He graduated as a Spanish and Hispanic studies major from Hobart College with a minor in film. Llano served as president of Latin American Organization and was the founder of Pride House, a long-standing GLBTS-themed house. He was also the vice president of the Afro-Latino Alumni Association in 2004-2005 and served on the Hobart Alumni Council.