Employment Application Training: This program teaches residents interested in applying for jobs the skills they need to make their applications effective. This fills a large need in the community as many who would be competitive for jobs in federal prisons or state agency lack the computer applications knowledge to complete required online employment applications. This program helps the potential workforce in the county to develop skills such as: how to complete a job application in an online format, resume development, cover-letter writing, online employment database research, and proper presentation.

Higher Education Initiative: This program will encourage high-school aged students who show academic potential to pursue a degree in higher education. The approach is more comprehensive than a “you must go to any college” stance. The program will outline financial aid programs offered at colleges and universities, offer admissions materials for colleges and universities located throughout the nation, offer application critiques and guidance on crafting an effective college application and admissions essay. The goal of this program is to increase interest in the youth of southern West Virginia to pursue a higher education because education has been proven as the best way to lift communities out of poverty. Less than 7.1% of the population of Wyoming County holds a bachelors degree.

Leadership Initiative: This will be a three-part program. 1. Mentorship Program will create a local network of current and former residents of Mullens and Wyoming County who have received a bachelors or graduate degree and will act as a “buddy” to a college-minded high-school or community college student in the area. This person will offer guidance and advice, application suggestions and a look into the potential of 2. Leadership Training. Some of the best leaders come from the most unlikely places. This program will give members of the community who have not yet taken a leadership role, and provide them with the training as well as resources on community organization, leadership principles, and the impact common individuals have had on policy and community formation in the past. 3. Women’s leadership and empowerment. Mullens lacks women in the workforce due in part to “traditional gender roles”. The goal of this program is to offer women a series of classes and leadership training sessions, resources to stop domestic violence, job skills sessions, and women’s empowerment programming. Much potential is lost in women who have not had the chance to develop their abilities into effective leaders and agents of change and progress in their communities.

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Volunteers are a vital part of RAIL's success. We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you want to make a difference and join our remarkable work teams.

In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact mullensproject@aol.com for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community

March 18, 2011

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