KEYSER - Energy Express is a fantastic summer experience for college students; providing an opportunity to build skills and gain experience that lasts a lifetime!

KEYSER - Energy Express is a fantastic summer experience for college students; providing an opportunity to build skills and gain experience that lasts a lifetime!
Applications to work with the program are due Thursday, March 1.
Energy Express is an eight-week AmeriCorps summer reading program promoting the school success of West Virginia children living in rural and low-income communities.  Since 1994, children have increased or maintained their reading skills over the summer and have received 58 percent of their daily nutritional requirements.
“Energy Express is a great program that promotes community involvement and a love for reading in our children,” says Matthew McKenzie. “Serving as a mentor gave me the experience I needed to continue on my path to become a teacher. It taught me valuable life skills including managing time and planning daily and weekly activities.”
“Being a part of Energy Express also introduced me to the needs of my community and those around me,” says McKenzie. “It really opens up your eyes to what you are capable of doing to help others! It's an amazing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, and it's something that every young West Virginian should be exposed to.”
AmeriCorps members serving as mentors and community coordinators must be available to continuously serve from June 8 through Aug.  27, 2018 and be at least 18 years of age by June 8, 2018.  Mentors 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.  Mentors also lead non-competitive recreation and two nutritional family style meals. 
Community coordinators connect parents and community members to the Energy Express site by recruiting, training and supervise 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 $1,252 valid for up to seven years to pay for college tuition or loans. 
Individuals who are 55 years of age or older are now able to transfer their Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to their children, grandchildren, and foster children. The transfer award must be used within 10 years.
As an AmeriCorps member, they will also become a role model to children living in low-income areas and help strengthen the bonds that comprise a thriving community.
“Site locations in Mineral County will serve the Keyser and Frankfort areas,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension 4-H and Family agent. “Mineral County Schools will determine the site locations.”
Applications are available online at www.energyexpress.wvu.edu, by calling the Energy Express state office at (304) 293-3855, or from the WVU Mineral County Extension Service 304-788-3621. Once on the website go to employment opportunities. The selection process will begin March 1, 2018. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled. 
The Energy Express AmeriCorps program is under the leadership of WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development, and is funded in part by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. The local Community Trust Foundation has supports the Mineral County program.