- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - AmeriCorps is looking for 500 mentors and community coordinators for a summer program that helps 3,000 West Virginia children maintain and improve reading skills.

Energy Express is an eight-week program offered in rural and low-income communities. It’s run by AmeriCorps and the West Virginia University Extension Service. It also provides children with good nutrition.

Mentors are college or college-bound students willing to help children study reading, writing, art and drama. They also make family visits and complete a community service project.

Community coordinators recruit volunteers, help raise awareness and involve family and community members in a child’s learning.

For 300 hours of service, mentors and coordinators get an $1,850 living allowance and a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, good toward college tuition or loans.

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Online:

Energy Express: https://energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu/

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