Energy Express Seeking Students for Americorps Summer Reading Program

Energy Express is seeking AmeriCorps members to serve with the 2016 summer literacy program for June 16 – August 5. Energy Express is an 8-week AmeriCorps summer reading program promoting the school success of West Virginia children living in rural and low-income communities. 

There will be 70 sites throughout West Virginia. Sites in this region will include Mineral, Hampshire, Grant and Hardy Counties. Applications are easily available on-line www.energyexpress.wvu.edu and are postmarked due March 1.

Members work with children in small groups and focusing on positive reading, writing, and art experiences.  Children also  receive two family style meals each day. Since its inception in 1994, children have increased or maintained their reading skills over the summer and have received 58% of their daily nutritional requirements.

Energy ExpressAmeriCorps members serving as mentors and community coordinators must be available to continuously serve from June 16 through August 5, 2016 and be at least 18 years of age by June 16, 2016.   Mentors must also be a college-bound high school senior, a current college student, or a recent college graduate with no full-time employment. 

Mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.  Mentors also lead non-competitive recreation and two nutritional family style meals. 

Community coordinators connect parents and community members to the Energy Express site by recruiting, training and supervise community and teen volunteers who help with various site activities. 

AmeriCorps members will receive:

  • a living allowance of $1,850
  • A $1,210 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • a quality summer experience
  • experience with team work
  • an opportunity to serve children
  • a strong resume building experience

In return for their 300 hours of service, Energy Express AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $1,850 and an educational award of $1,210 valid for up to seven years to pay for college tuition or loans. 

Individuals who are 55 years of age or older are now able to transfer their Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to their children, grandchildren, and foster children. The transfer award must be used within 10 years.

As an AmeriCorps member, they will also become a role model to children living in low-income areas and help strengthen the bonds that comprise a thriving community.

Applications are available online at www.energyexpress.wvu.edu, by calling the Energy Express state office at (304) 293-3855, or from the WVU Mineral County Extension Service.  The selection process will begin March 1, 2016. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.

The Energy Express AmeriCorps program is under the leadership of WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development, and is funded in part by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia.  Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member with Energy Express, visit the website at www.energyexpress.wvu.edu or call 304-293-3855.  For other AmeriCorps and national service opportunities, visit www.americorps.gov