AmeriCorps

Make a difference through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to give full time service to High Rocks or other community non-profits while receiving a monthly living stipend, health insurance, college loan deferral, and an education award to use for college tuition or student loans.

AmeriCorps Info Sheet

Have questions or ready to apply?  Contact us at admissions@highrocks.org, 304 653-4891, or High Rocks, 195 Thompson Rd., Hillsboro, WV 24946.

CURRENT Positions:

Current sites with half-year positions to start March 1, 2018:

High Rocks Local Foods and Wellness Education Program

AmeriCorps Members will plant, care for, harvest, pack, store, and process vegetables from the High Rocks garden and high tunnel for and with the campers of our summer camp program.  This broadens campers’ understanding of local healthy foods by providing hands-on education about how the food they eat gets to their plates.  Click here for a list of duties:  Local Foods and Wellness Education description.

High Rocks The hub

Create and facilitate workshops, events, and other programming for youth based on the High Rocks Educational curriculum. Serve as a mentor to High Rocks girls and other youth that attend High Rocks programs. Contribute writing and photography for blog, website and other media. Perform program and participant evaluations. Strive to create an environment of learning and inspiration. Learn and use the High Rocks Salesforce database system to manage volunteer information. Help with carpools to/from High Rocks events. Provide assistance with programming events and projects developed by fellow AmeriCorps members, staff, and community members. Assist in High Rocks after-school feeding program at the Hub. Design and implement innovative, educational, and inspiring programs for High Rocks Girls and community members alike Attend local community events to represent and promote the Hub.

High Rocks Academy

Make a difference! High Rocks Educational Corporation is seeking individuals interested in volunteering with AmeriCorps to work with young people in West Virginia, starting March 2018. Work to educate, empower, and inspire young people in our flagship leadership development program working with youth from Pocahontas, Nicholas and Greenbrier Counties. Make a difference in a young person’s life that they will never forget.

Davis-Stuart

The AmeriCorps member will serve with the Equine Program Director to: Provide basic horseback riding skills in a controlled setting to residential students at Davis Stuart Plan and deliver equine program delivery for residential students Teach horsemanship skills to the residents with an emphasis on how these skills can help develop more positive life skills Provide 10 skills to 15 students with a minimum dosage of 10 hours Attend horse shows and parades with residential students in the capacity of mentorship. Serve as a mentor to residential students in additional opportunities for therapeutic outdoor recreational activities.



Current sites with FUll-year positions available are:

IMG_6963YEAR-ROUND AMERICORPS MEMBERS AT HIGH ROCKS: High Rocks is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to work with young people in Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.  Educate, empower, and inspire young people in our leadership development programs and make an unforgettable difference in a young person’s life. We have several AmeriCorps members that serve within High Rocks Academy, both of our youth centers and Grow Appalachia.

YEAR-ROUND AMERICORPS MEMBERS AT COMMUNITY PARTNER SITES:

Sprouting Farms

Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center is a four-season non-profit farm and education and resource center located in Summers County WV.  We believe that long-lasting impact is created by training new farmers in quality and sustainable production techniques, and by providing shared resources and educational opportunities to the whole farm community. Our programs provide farmers with sound business management and production skills, hands-on apprenticeship and mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch and refine their farm businesses. The AmeriCorps member will focus on scheduling and hosting educational events and workshops, community outreach and recruitment of volunteers among other projects.

Mountain Music Trail

The Mountain Music Trail is an informal group of community leaders, musicians, organization representatives and venue owners who are dedicated to promoting and presenting the traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny mountain regions, promoting cultural tourism and sustainable economic development near the Highway 219 corridor in Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties and sharing a cultural experience that brings together visitors and residents alike to enjoy and participate in traditional mountain folkways. An AmeriCorps member will provide direct service in all the key components of the Mountain Music Trail initiative.

Appalachian Folklife Center

The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia is a peaceful place that welcomes all people to celebrate creativity and community. The Folklife Center is dedicated to a mountain heritage of freedom and self-reliance and presents programs and services that reflect our pride in being mountaineers. These include music festivals, learning day camp, our summer home repair service camp, community meetings and community services.  Our focus is on education about our heritage and culture, and our goal is to teach compassion for all cultures of the world. The AmeriCorps member will serve by providing assistance with Girls Leadership Camp; Leading volunteer groups on low-income home repair projects; and developing educational programs focused on Appalachian history and culture.

Pocahontas County Libraries

Pocahontas County Free Libraries (PCFL) is comprised of five libraries, stretching from one end of our rural West Virginian county to the other. The main branch is in Marlinton, McClintic Library, with additional branches in the communities of Durbin, Green Bank, Hillsboro and Linwood. PCFL’s mission is to “fulfill the informational needs of our residents and visitors”. An AmeriCorps position supports increasing library relevancy for youth.

Greenbrier County Health Alliance

The Greenbrier County Health alliance (GCHA) is sponsored by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health with grant funding from West Virginia Clinical Translational Science Institute. The GCHA’s mission is to empower all local communities in Greenbrier County to improve health through community action and innovative programming.  A key component to the Alliance coordinated approach for the community health outreach is the use of community ambassadors. AmeriCorps members serve to expand the ‘community ambassador’ project and support ambassadors to represent their community’s needs and provide solution-focused leadership to promote health behaviors.

Try This! WV

Try This is a coalition of 21 partner organizations who recognize that we can get more done together than we can get done apart. Our aim is to pool resources to help local teams. Incubator. Try This is a big incubator for healthy-community projects and ideas that can only be accomplished through collaboration, all of which depends heavily on volunteers. An AmeriCorps member will be located at in the Try This office in Charleston and will Serve with Try This minigrant team volunteers to develop social and traditional media pieces (video, written, social media) that give West Virginians a chance to find out about model programs that are being carried out all over the state and to “meet” West Virginians who are doing a great job making their communities more healthy.

Davis-Stuart

By providing therapeutic residential care, Davis-Stuart strives to meet the special needs of residents ages 12 to 18 in a supervised setting. Our goal is to reunify the young person with his or her family when possible, or to give them the life skills necessary to enter into independence. An AmeriCorps member will serve with the Equine Program to provide basic horseback riding skills in a controlled setting with an emphasis on how these skills can help develop more positive life skills.

Bethlehem Farm

Bethlehem Farm transforms lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices. It is an intentional community located in Talcott, WV that provides education on local foods and sustainability to the local community as well as to service week volunteers that come from all over the country to work in gardens and on build projects. AmeriCorps Caretakers serve as service week leaders, coordinate and develop the Repairing Homes, Renewing Communities (RHRC) program, and interact with volunteer groups during their visit to Bethlehem Farm.

Town of Quinwood, WV

Quinwood is a small former coal town in western Greenbrier County, West Virginia. It is one of the many small communities that was devastated in the 2016 floods. An AmeriCorps member will focus on service to implement and lead after-school reading programs for elementary school children, Healthy Lifestyle programs for youth in the community and coordinate community service work sites.

Trillium Performing Arts

Trillium Performing Arts is a community based performing arts organization and school that enriches the Greenbrier Valley of southern West Virginia. Trillium celebrates collaborating in the creation of original performance work that embraces dance, music, theatre and film.  An AmeriCorps member will help to implement volunteer management best practices, and serve with dance teachers and technical staff with planning, implementation and community outreach.

 

 

 

 


Questions? Contact AMERICORPS@HIGHROCKS.ORG