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Energy Express seeks mentors for summer program

NEW CUMBERLAND — Energy Express, an eight-week AmeriCorps summer reading program promoting the school success of West Virginia children living in rural and low-income communities, is looking for mentors.

Energy Express is recruiting 500 AmeriCorps members to serve as mentors and community coordinators for the summer of 2020 in 80 sites throughout West Virginia.

AmeriCorps members serving as either mentors or community coordinators must be available to continuously serve from June 11 to July 31 and be at least 18 years of age by June 11. Mentors also must 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,” a news release notes. “Community coordinators connect parents and community members to the Energy Express site by recruiting, training and supervising community and teen volunteers who help with various site activities.” In return for their 300 hours of service, Energy Express AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $1,850 and an educational award of $1,289.95 valid for up to seven years to pay for college tuition or loans. Applications are available online at www.energyexpress.wvu.edu. The selection process will begin March 1. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.

Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service. The program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.

In addition, WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Unit is hiring several Extension Camp Instructors for the 2020 camping season. The 4-H Extension Camp Instructor Program is designed to enhance the development of young leaders through proven experiential-based training.

Through this process, instructors will be expected to act as role models for young people, demonstrating four-fold development, as well as an ability to collaborate with various constituents and design and execute camps and educational programs. For details, call the Extension Office at (304) 564-3805.

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