College-student mentors spend the summer weeks helping 3,000 children in rural and low-income West Virginia communities maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express.
In return for their 300 hours of service, AmeriCorps mentors receive a $1,850 summer living allowance and a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award valid for up to seven years to pay for college tuition or loans.
Each summer, AmeriCorps engages college-bound graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students to serve communities in need. AmeriCorps’ Energy Express mentors must be at least 18 years of age before June 9, 2016.
AmeriCorps mentors will serve in 80 sites across the state from June 9- to July 29, 2016.
Energy Express mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.
In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.
Applications are available online at http://energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu/what-we-do/service/americorps, or by calling 304-293-3855. The selection process begins March 1. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.