Energy Express seeking mentors, coordinator


TAYLOR COUNTY—The West Virginia University Extension Service Taylor County Office are still looking for AmeriCorps Mentors and a Community Coordinator for this summer.  This is a wonderful opportunity for meaningful summer employment.

Energy Express is an eight-week reading and nutrition program that helps children entering first through sixth grade get over the “summer slide” that happens when youth fall behind academically during the summer between school years.

Thanks to Energy Express, more than 3,000 children all over West Virginia gain or maintain reading levels during the summer months through creative, colorful and captivating uses of art drama and vocabulary. 

The program also provides children with two nutritious meals each day during the program, helping to ensure that local children are fed each day, even after the school year comes to an end. 

Mentors work with children in small groups doing reading and art projects.  College Student mentors create an enriching environment focused on reading, writing, and art that makes learning fun for a small group of school-age children. A mentor also eats breakfast and lunch with the children, affording valuable time to develop strong bonds with the children

Mentor applicants must be a current college student, or a college bound high school graduate who will be at least 18 years old on June 7, 2019. 

The Community Coordinator recruits’ volunteers and guest readers to support the program.  A community coordinator connects the parents and community to the site by recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to read with children.

Both positions attend both a statewide and local training and make home visits to the children’s residences.

At the end of each day, the site team comprised of mentors, community coordinators and site supervisors meet to reflect, train and prepare for the next day. Site teams also complete a community service project.

Both positions receive a $1,850 living allowance and a$1,252.91 education award.

Energy Express makes a difference in the lives of the children in rural WV. 

According to AmeriCorps,” The program works! Evaluation results show that most children enrolled in Energy Express either maintain or increase their reading skills.”

For additional information or to apply, go to Extension.wvu.edu. The information is available under the Energy Express link under Youth and Family. 

Individuals may also call the WVU Extension Office at 304-265-3303 with any questions. 

The application deadline is April 12, 2019. 

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