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West Virginia READY

West Virginia READY

Summer 2023 READY Internship

In conjunction with our 32-week WV READY program, Stewards is launching our Summer 2023 READY internship, focused on seasonal needs for host sites to grow or support their outdoor economic projects. These 10-week AmeriCorps members will assist their host sites with seasonal outdoor programs, youth development opportunities, asset mapping and identification, and provide communications and other marketing assistance for local outdoor opportunities.

Site applications are due Tuesday, 02/28 by end of day. Fill out yours here.

Launched in 2022, the West Virginia Rural Engagement Ambassadors for Development and Youth (WV READY) is a new program that pairs AmeriCorps members with governmental and nongovernmental agencies to assess, develop, and grow West Virginia’s regional outdoor recreation economy. WV READY combines community organizing with rural economic development. Strategically placed in communities across the state, these individuals will strengthen current and emerging programs.

According to the West Virginia Tourism Office, the state’s tourism industry supported 45,400 jobs in 2019, and in their 2020 report, traveler spending increased to $4.6 billion, $1.2 billion in earnings, and $534.5 million in state and local tax revenue. The outdoor recreation economy now supports more than 18,000 jobs throughout the state.


In order to assist with the careful work towards developing and expanding this economic sector in West Virginia, READY members will provide support for the following:

  • Create a community asset map to determine best avenues to spur the outdoor economy in assigned communities
  • Identify outdoor economy plans created, but not quite yet implemented
  • Help explore the community’s abundant economic opportunities and assets

Position Title/DescriptionSupporting OrganizationNational Service CategoryState/Location
WV Rural Engagement Ambassadors for Development & YouthMorgantown Boards of Parks and RecreationAmeriCorpsMorgantown, WV


For questions about the WV READY program, please contact:


Stewards is proud to partner with Volunteer West Virginia in support of the WV READY program.