An energy company shows students the path to prosperity

Mentorship Academy featured in the Washington Examiner

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CANONSBURG, Pa. — Zion Buford has seen up close more people working with their hands in the trades in the past few months than most adults ever come in contact with in their lifetime. From carpenters to electricians to plumbers to heating and air conditioner installers, if their job makes your day better, faster, warmer, cooler, safer, or run on time, she has seen them in action.

Buford, a 17-year-old senior at Moon Area High School, said her favorites are the welders “because one of the ladies at the trade school built her own fireplaces — she was a real artist with her craft — which was something I really appreciated."

“My eyes have also really been opened," said Buford, "to all of the opportunities there are out there to walk out of high school or a trade school with little to no debt and be able to get a job where [I] could comfortably support myself.”

Buford — along with 11 other students in Western Pennsylvania, six from a rural high school and six from an urban high school — has had this exposure thanks to a foundation started by CNX Resources Corporation. CNX, one of the largest independent natural gas exploration and shale production companies, quietly began a mentoring academy at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year for disadvantaged young people to help them fully realize their potential and see the chance for upward mobility to which they never knew they had access.

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An energy company shows students the path to prosperity
CANONSBURG, Pa. — Zion Buford has seen up close more people working with their hands in the trades in the past few months than most adults ever come in contact with in their lifetime. From carpenters to electricians to plumbers to heating and air conditioner installers, if their job makes your day better, faster, warmer, cooler, safer, or run on time, she has seen them in action.
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About Mentorship Academy

The Mentorship Academy is an initiative of CNX Foundation and part of CNX’s commitment to investing in its local community. Designed for high school students who do not plan to immediately attend a four-year college, the Academy is focused on providing urban and rural youth from economically disadvantaged communities with greater opportunities—helping provide these young adults a bridge to family-sustaining careers. Following the mentorship program, students will have developed new relationships with peers and business leaders across western Pennsylvania, a new excitement for the region’s career opportunities and an understanding of how to pursue those careers.

Founding Academy partners include CNX Resources, The Bus Stops Here Foundation, and the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania. Additional partners will be added as the Academy progresses.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating as a speaker, serving as a host or partner are encouraged to contact [email protected]


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