GRAFTON—The West Virginia University Extension Services of Taylor County is looking for bright leaders for their Energy Express program.
The organization is looking to fill two AmeriCorps positions, Mentors and Community Coordinators.
Mentors are college students, who spend their summers working with the children in the Energy Express program. These mentors are responsible for helping kids gain and maintain reading skills, through the program. Mentors must be 18 years of age to apply.
Community Coordinators are used to recruit, train and supervise volunteers of the Energy Express program. According to Energy Express’s website, coordinators are also responsible for raising awareness and increasing community involvement of the program. Again, applicants must be 18 years age to apply, but coordinators can be of any, age above the 18 years.
For both position, individuals will receive a $1,850 living allowance and a $1,210 education award, which can be transferred to children and grandchildren of AmeriCorps members who are 50 years of age or older, according to the website.
The positions require applicants to work a total of 300 hours of community service, in 80 sites throughout West Virginia.
Energy Express is an award-winning reading and nutrition program, that nearly 3,000 children, across the state, take part each summer. Children who have attended the program in the past have shown significant increases in letter-word identification, reading fluency, passage comprehension and broad reading.
According to Jennifer Murray, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Taylor County, in the local program held at Fleminton Elementary School, every week has a theme and builds off the week before. Children are able to take part in various activities ranging from one-on-one reading and writing to art and drama.
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