Sanchez Energy takes pride in serving the communities where we live and work. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, and it is our goal to provide them with opportunities that can facilitate their growth and promote learning. Texas has one of the largest youth populations in the country, and if we help students graduate and concurrently train them to be productive members of our workforce, the result could be incredible economic prosperity, both locally and across the state.
We are committed to helping combat the alarming high school dropout rates found in economically-challenged families in the Houston metropolitan area. To do our part, we’ve partnered with the Cristo Rey Jesuit Preparatory High School on the implementation of an innovative educational model that tackles this very concern.
Cristo Rey students are required to take part in the school’s Corporate Work-Study Program, enabling them to earn the majority of their private-school education tuition by working one day a week in blue-ribbon companies across Houston. The students build invaluable corporate skills while working alongside seasoned professionals. This program demonstrates the direct relevance between what they learn in school and how they can succeed in the workforce in the future. This model is backed by an academic record that speaks for itself—each of the school’s two graduating classes have graduated with 100 percent acceptance into college. This benefits not only the students in need, but also our city and ultimately our state and country.
Sanchez Energy has been a key supporter of the program and involved with Cristo Rey Jesuit since its doors opened in 2009, serving as one of the first corporate sponsors. As of August 2018, we have sponsored over 40 students, including eight who have joined us for the 2018-19 school year. We are passionate about their development and understand that their success will have a profound, positive influence on the surrounding Houston communities.