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Debbie Rolen
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LOGAN — Energy Express is a summer program with a goal to make a difference in the lives of children. Applications are being accepted for mentors and community coordinators to work toward that goal this summer from June 13 through August 2, 2013.

Energy Express will help children retain more of what they have learned, stay active, and work toward making better food choices.

More than 200 children will take part in the program, which will be housed in Chapmanville Middle School, Logan Grade School and Man Central.

Reading and related activities are the focus of Energy Express and some children improve their reading skills. Two nutritious family-style meals are served each day, teaching children more about good food choices and nutrition.

Community Coordinators work to increase awareness of the program and get the families and the community involved.

AmeriCorps opportunities are currently available: college student mentors and community coordinator. “Everyone who meets qualifications is encouraged to apply,” said West Virginia University Extension Agent Jeremy Farley.

College-student mentors make learning fun for small groups of children by creating an enriching environment focused on reading, writing, drama and art. Mentors also eat breakfast and lunch with the children, a valuable time to develop strong bonds.

There are openings for 27 Mentors must be 18 or older by June 13, 2013, a U.S. citizen, a full-time undergraduate or college-bound graduating high school senior, May 2013 college graduate or Dec. 2012 college graduate without full-time employment.

Community coordinators raise awareness and work to involve parents and the community with children’s learning. Community coordinators recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to read with children and engage in other activities at the sites.

Coordinators must be 18 years of age or older by June 13, 2013; a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Energy Express is a full-time commitment of a minimum of 300 hours of service from June 13 – Aug. 2, for an average of 37.5 hours per week. In addition, members are required to service some evenings and weekends to meet all service responsibilities and requirements.

AmeriCorps members will receive a living allowance of $1,850 subject to all state and federal taxes, valuable training before and during Energy Express, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the form of a voucher for $1,175 (available Oct. 2013) and an opportunity to earn college credit (arrangements made individually).

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. The selection process will begin at that time. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.

Applications are available at http://energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu/what-we-do/service/americorps or call (304) 792-8690 for more information. High school seniors may pick up an application from their guidance counselor.

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