Welcome to High Rocks!

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

High Rocks is an award-winning leadership program for young women ages 13-25. We work with girls from all walks of life and accept girls from all different tables in the cafeteria. What they have in common is their heart and their deep desire to make the world a better place.

"High Rocks is a place of freedom and acceptance. We are a family, an ultimate support system, but above all we are sisters!" - High Rocks girl

High Rocks programs are provided through the support of grants, private donors, and the support of the community we serve. We do not charge for our programs. We are focused on making our communities stronger, richer, more vibrant places to work and live for all of us.

The dream of High Rocks is that one day it will become self-sustaining. High Rocks girls will grow up to become staff and board members that run High Rocks for the next generation of women. This dream is becoming a reality. We have a number of alums on our board and several have worked as staff and AmeriCorps members.

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Support the first major fundraising effort of the High Rocks Alumni Advisory Board! Donate to our Indie GoGo campaign to raise the funds necessary to send care packages to our High Rocks alums in their freshmen and sophomore years of college. Even if you are unable to give financially, help us spread the word by sharing the campaign through your Facebook, twitter, etc. so we can continue to strengthen our alumni support network. Happy Valentine's Day from the Alumni Advisory Board!



Interns complete a 10-week term at High Rocks from May 27th, 2014 to August 2nd, 2014.

The internship has two main components: seminars/projects and hands-on experience working with teen girls. Interns serve as mentors, role models, and teach during two summer camps: New Beginnings for 7th grade girls (14 days) and Camp Steele for 8th-12th grade girls (17 days). Before camp, interns help prepare the campground and plan classes. During camp they are paired with a master teacher to assist in a class that teaches diverse subject areas such as math, science, and creative expressions. At the end of the day you will get to enjoy campfires, skits, hikes, stargazing, and ultimate Frisbee in the field! Also as part of the experience, each intern designs, completes, and presents an individual project to connect their previous expertise and academic interests with what they've learned at High Rocks as well as a group project with fellow interns. Our internship is rigorous emotionally, physically, and intellectually.This creative and unique experience will help you grow as a leader, a thinker, and a doer. Interns will leave High Rocks with theoretical as well as practical knowledge about West Virginia, the challenges facing girls in Appalachia, ethical social change, models of education and effective citizenship. Interns will be part of a growing network of women from all over the country and the world who are dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring young leaders.

Our internship is designed for college students, graduate students, and High Rocks alumnae from all across the country. All majors are welcomed as long as you bring a passion for hard work, youth development, and social change.

Interns are provided with housing for the summer and with meals while summer camps are in session. Interns also receive a stipend for the summer, provided either by High Rocks or by their sponsoring school or program.

The deadline to apply for a summer internship is March 4, 2014. Send your resume (with references) and cover letter to: Internship Program High Rocks Educational Corporation Attn: Margaret Emanuel 195 Thompson Rd. Hillsboro, WV 24946 or by email: margaret@highrocks.org

If you have questions please contact Margaret Emanuel, Lead Program Coordinator at 304-653-4891 or by e-mail: margaret@highrocks.org


High Rocks is actively recruiting qualified candidates interested in volunteering full-time with AmeriCorps September 2014 - August 2015.

Educate, empower, and inspire young people in our flagship leadership development programs in Pocahontas, Nicholas and Greenbrier Counties. Provide academic support for girls and alums, develop curriculum and teach programs throughout the year and at education-intensive summer camps, facilitate groups, travel on college and service trips, and collaborate with a team of professionals dedicated to youth development, community organizing and social change. Be the face of High Rocks in the region and community!

These are full-time volunteer positions with the possibility of a second year renewal and a monthly living allowance, health insurance, college loan deferral, and an education award that can be used towards educational expenses including college tuition or to pay towards student loans. College students or graduates able to make a full-year commitment with a passion for working with youth, teaching, or leadership development a must, work or volunteer experience in communities, organizing, or local foods a plus. Must possess creativity, strong spoken and written skills, basic computer applications, solid organization and planning, a sense of humor, and a valid driver's license.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis from now until September. Position starts September 2014. Send your resume and a cover letter to be considered to Margaret Emanuel, Lead Program Coordinator at margaret@highrocks.org or mail to High Rocks, 195 Thompson Rd., Hillsboro, WV 24946. See www.highrocks.org or www.americorps.org for more information.


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