PPL Corporation provides powerful career resources for 100 at-risk Lehigh Valley students
Inaugural careers conference, in cooperation with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, identified in-demand energy jobs and then provided tools to plot out each student’s journey to a successful career.
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PPL’s goal is to provide a meaningful experience for these kids and spark an interest in the energy industry.

A level playing field and access to opportunities are just two of the things that stand in the way of success for at-risk youth in the Lehigh Valley. 

Today, PPL Corporation, in cooperation with the My Brother’s Keeper Lehigh Valley Action Council, made strides to close those gaps with the first My Brother’s Keeper careers conference in the Lehigh Valley. The event welcomed 100 students in eighth through tenth grade from the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton school districts and Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School.

“My Brother’s Keeper was launched by the Obama administration, as a challenge to communities across the nation to develop pathways to opportunities for young urban youth that normally are not present in their environment,” said David Jones, Lehigh County Commissioner and regional director of My Brother’s Keeper.  

Due to an aging workforce, skilled employees in the energy industry are in high demand. The careers conference provided information on how students can tap into these career opportunities and overcome obstacles. The event identified the potential jobs students may find down the road, and then gave them the tools to plot their journey to go after those careers. Representatives from national and local academic organizations, such as United Negro College Fund, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Black MBA Association and Lehigh Carbon Community College, provided detailed instructions and one-on-one counseling on how each student could further his education. 

“PPL believes that the success of our company is tied to the success of the communities we serve. PPL’s goal is to provide a meaningful experience for these kids and spark an interest in the energy industry, through our partnership with My Brother’s Keeper,” said Matt Cadwell, Human Resources manager-PPL Corporation. “We also want to give them access to resources that they might not otherwise have had and help lead them down a pathway for success.”
Held during Careers in Energy Week, PPL’s first My Brother’s Keeper careers conference took place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at PPL’s Walbert Training Center in Allentown, Pa. The interactive agenda featured:

  • An overviewhttp://dnburns@pplweb.com of in-demand energy jobs and the typical education and training path to get them 
  • Two panel sessions with PPL employees and organizations that provide educational funding, to answer questions and spark discussion among the students
  • Student expo area for one-on-one discussion with organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Black MBA Association and Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Demonstrations of the latest technology to advance the energy industry - such as electric vehicles, smart grid technology, cybersecurity protocols and more  

When asked what inspired him during the day, Legious Minder, an eighth grade student at Raub Middle School said, “Seeing that anybody can do anything, they just have to work for what they want.” He went on to say, “I can get whatever I want, as long as I work as hard as I can.”  

Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL’s seven high-performing, award-winning utilities serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The company and its 13,000 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com.  

For more information about the My Brother’s Keeper organization, contact regionaldirector@lvmbk.org.

For further information: Dana Burns, 610-774-5997, dnburns@pplweb.com
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