Energy Express, a program under the leadership of West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development unit, is an eight-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. 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 – a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”
Energy Express AmeriCorps members 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 learning activities, members eat, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.