Energy Express is Hiring for Summer 2014

AmeriCorps Energy Express is a West Virginia University extension service that runs for eight weeks in the summer and makes a difference in the lives of West Virginia children. During the summer, children living in rural ares and low-income communities often fall behind academically and suffer from nutritional deficits. Energy Express is focused on promoting educational success by:

  • Focusing on reading and related activities
  • Serving two nutritious family-style meals each day
  • Working with children in small groups
  • Involving older youths and community members in children’s learning
  • Making reading fun for children
  • Increasing family involvement

Currently Energy Express is looking for summer Mentors and Community Coordinators.

Mentors must be 18 or older by June 12, 2014; a U.S. citizen; a full-time undergraduate or college-bound graduating senior or a May 2014 college graduate without full-time employment. Mentors are responsible for enhancing children’s interests and skills by developing, implementing, and evaluating reading-related activities focused on weekly place-based themes and to promote children’s nutritional well being.

Community Coordinators must be 18 or older by June 12, 2014, a U.S. citizen, and must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Community Coordinator responsiblitites include recruitment, training, and supervision to track volunteers; manage the completion and submission of volunteer data; create program awareness through the media to promote sustainability; and involve community partners on site.

Energy Express is a great opportunity to gain educational experience, especially for education majors. Volunteers earn a living allowance and an educational award for their service. It is advised that for those interested in summer employment to act soon and keep options open for potential locations to serve as positions on the GSC campus may be limited. AmeriCorps is accepting applications until May 30, 2014.

For more information on this summer job potion, check out the Energy Express Homepage.

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