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Help Bridge the Reading Gap this Summer: Serve as an AmeriCorps Member!

The WVU Energy Express program will provide a great opportunity for college students interested in helping to bridge the reading gap this summer for youths. As an AmeriCorps member, you can earn money toward college while helping to enhance literacy skills for students in Mineral County.

Energy Express is an award-winning, a six-week reading and nutrition program. This summer the program will help children entering 1st through 3rd grades overcome the ‘summer slide’ that occurs when youths fall behind academically, while also providing nutritious meals for the students.

Applicants interested in serving as mentors or community coordinators must be 18 years of age by June 10 to apply. Applications may be found on the Energy Express website www.energyexpress. Read first the “AmeriCorps application process explained”, then complete the “2021 AmeriCorps Energy Express application.”

 Serve for 8 weeks between June 10 and July 30th, and earn a $1850 living allowance and a $1342 educational award. Apply TODAY, interviews will be scheduled in early April.

“Mentors this summer will benefit from being a part of the program by being able to build connections with children and with other mentors,” says Hannah Raines, 2021 Site Supervisor. “They will be a part of a close-knit team and be exposed to a professional setting, the fosters a fun and creative environment.”

“Serving as an AmeriCorps* member is a solid summer experience in preparation for a professional job,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service, 4-H Extension Agent. “It helps to prepare you for organization, planning, team work and professionalism whether you plan to work as a teacher or in another career field.”

Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named the Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs.  

For questions about submitting applications through the AmeriCorps system contact the Mineral County Family Resource Network at mineralcountyfamilyresourcenetwork@gmail.com, or call 304-788-9099. The MCFRN will coordinate the interviews in early April. 

The WVU Mineral County Extension Office at 304-788-3621 can also answer questions.

Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. The Community Trust Foundation and United Way are important partners in supporting the Mineral County program.  CTF is committed to building stronger communities in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral counties.