We share what we have learned about youth development in Appalachia
High Rocks runs teaching and development programs that give college students and young professionals the opportunity to expand their skills in teaching, community organizing, youth mentoring, coordinating small and large community events, designing service events, recruiting volunteers, and running a non-profit organization.
AmeriCorps programs serve their members by providing pathways for entering the workforce after high school or college. Our AmeriCorps program is an opportunity for young people to give a year of service to High Rocks or other key WV 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. The experience gained while serving puts members at an advantage when applying for positions in the non-profit sector. Positions at High Rocks start on March 16, 2018 and Sept. 17, 2018.
Each summer, High Rocks becomes a hands-on, hearts-on classroom for college students from around the country. Interns gain direct experience mentoring teens and also participate fully in the program as theory builders and analysts learning about social change, women’s issues, and Appalachian studies in partnership with young people, staff and volunteers. Interns receive a stipend for the summer.
High Rocks hosts college students and other groups to work as volunteers. We honor the time commitments these volunteers give us by providing guided supervision and academic seminars about social change and Appalachian culture. We want to ensure that everyone comes away from their service with an understanding of our work, an appreciation of the vibrancy and potential of our region, and the satisfaction of contributing something of great value to our mission of education and social change.