Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. This year’s site will be held at the Doddridge County Middle School. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia.
Two type of AmeriCorps positions are available in Doddridge County, Mentors and Community Coordinators. Mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama. In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.
Community Coordinator serves directly with volunteers. Community Coordinators raise awareness and involve parents and the community with children’s learning. Community coordinators recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to read with children and engage in other activities at the site.
Each AmeriCorps position will receive a living allowance of $1,850 which is subject to all state and federal taxes and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the form of a voucher for $1,175 (available October 2014) for their 8 weeks of service during the summer. In addition, they have an opportunity to earn college credit (arrangements made individually).
Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. For more information about becoming a mentor or community coordinator with Energy Express, download at the application at http://energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu or you may pick up an application at the Doddridge County Extension Office. Deadline for applying has been extended to March 31. For more information regarding our site, call our office at 303-873-1801.