Energy Express

Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.
Approximately 3,000 children in throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer.

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.”

AmeriCorps Energy Express mentors 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 the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.

energyexpress1_smEnergy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.

Based on the success of Energy Express, participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.

Success stories like Energy Express rely on the support of the Community Trust Foundation. And the Community Trust Foundation can’t provide that support without people like you.

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How does CTF benefit the region it serves?

  • We make grants to qualifying organizations in support of the region’s historical heritage, art community, animal welfare, environmental education and preservation, wellness, culture, education and overall quality of life.
  •   We assist local organizations with their funding needs to help them develop their services.
  •   We help local organizations through our grants to leverage Federal and State funding.
  •   We serve as an advocacy group for the community with federal, state and local policy makers.
  •   We provide financial assistance to qualified local students through our Scholarship funds.