AmeriCorps

Make a difference through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to give full time service to changing lives in our community while receiving a monthly living allowance, health insurance, college loan deferral, and an education award to use for college tuition or student loans.

AmeriCorps Info Sheet

AmeriCorps Member Service Description

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


FUll-year positions to start in September 2020:

YEAR-ROUND AMERICORPS MEMBERS AT HIGH ROCKS:   Educate, empower, and inspire young people in our leadership development programs and make an unforgettable difference in a young person’s life.

Gardens, Food, and Wellness Education

This AmeriCorps member will support our gardens, high tunnels, and local foods programming for the community and young people.  This person will be growing healthy, fresh food for our programs for young people.  They will also be serving directly with young people, helping them learn to grow, market, and sell healthy food.  They will help with our Grow Appalachia program, where community members learn about healthy growing and cooking.  Experience growing food a plus, not a must.  Passion for young people and for growing and feeding people healthy and delicious food required.

The Hub

AmeriCorps members serving during the 2019-20 year will provide direct service in all the key components of the High Rocks program. Members will tutor youth, help to run after-school programs, support high school students on service learning trips, provide students with information on preparing for college, help run classes at summer camps and service overnights, support our alumnae program, recruit volunteers, and implement other aspects of our integrated and strong programs.

High Rocks Academy for Girls

High Rocks began in 1996 as a residential summer camp on a mountainside to help girls prepare for High School with a positive outlook about themselves and their abilities. Over 20 years later, we work not only with girls at summer camp, but throughout the year with students and volunteers of all ages at our 200 acres on the mountain and in town with partner organizations with the aim of making our communities stronger, richer more vibrant places to work and live for all of us. AmeriCorps members at High Rocks will recruit students and volunteers, and help with our year-round educational programming for local youth. Our programming is free and we accept girls from all walks of life and all the different tables in the cafeteria.

Youth Community Action

The Youth Community Action member will support the development of leadership skills of young people within our communities.  The High Rocks Youth Community Action programs include the Youth Advisory Board, made up of current High Rocks participants who act as expert consultants to the High Rocks staff and board to ensure that High Rocks stays true to our mission and meets the needs of our participants.  Youth Community Action also includes taking participants to the WV Legislative sessions, regional conferences and trainings, engaging with our core county schools and community service opportunities.

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.

Pocahontas County Free Libraries

Pocahontas County Libraries & Visitor Information Centers (PCLVIC)  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.

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

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.

Coda Mountain Academy 

Coda Mountain Academy, Inc. is based in Fayetteville, West Virginia and has several programs: Coda Inspire, Coda Kidz, and Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival. All Coda programs are held in Fayette County, West Virginia, but have extended to five other counties and seven other states. Coda Mountain Academy values the development of the whole person. The larger goals of Coda are to equip youth with the tools they need to live productive and fulfilling lives.  Through developing exposure and opportunities that promote healthy goal setting, positive identity, strong character, resiliency and life skills, Coda hopes to change the world, one child at a time. Mutual respect is encouraged between all regardless of faith, gender, ethnicity, or national origin.

WVSOM Center for Rural & Community Health

The WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health supports the osteopathic medical education focus on team-based and patient-centered care and the integration of prevention and population health to improve quality and efficiency of health care delivery.  This is accomplished by developing programs that contribute to improving health in rural communities, supporting clinical research in rural practices, developing resources that support these efforts, providing education to communities, rural providers and students, and developing collaborations that support these efforts.

Phil Gainer Community Center

Much of our programming is youth oriented, including ENGAGE Afterschool, a collaboratively funded after school program that is free for all middle school students to attend.An AmeriCorps member will focus their service on planning new community-oriented events and contributing to ongoing events as well as special programming for students participating in after school programs with a focus on experiential education.  Apply here:  my.americorps.gov

Greenbrier Community School

Our school is a place of collaboration, trust and civility.  We are a community of learners with classes from 18 months to 5th grade.  Our pedagogy is innovative, our values are grounded in time honored tradition with a commitment to be on the forefront of the progressive ideas that produce the best education and learning environments.
Our curriculum is innovative and student centered with an emphasis on independent thinking and problem solving. Our students mature into confident, self-directed learners who recognize the value of collaboration and cooperation in the learning environment. We prepare our students for later education and for life by giving them an appreciation for beauty, a desire for truth and the capacity to love themselves and those around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Questions? Contact AMERICORPS@HIGHROCKS.ORG