||Energy Express, a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Serviceâ€™s 4-H Youth Development, is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginiaâ€™s rural and low-income communities. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia.
Approximately 3,000 children throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer. The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels â€“ a preventable loss known as the â€œsummer slide.â€ AmeriCorps 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.
The program will take place in 80 sites across the state from June 13th to August 2, 2015. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $1,850 and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the form of a voucher for $1,195. The state Energy Express office is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps member positions. For more information and a list of 2015 Energy Express sites, please visit http://energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu/.