Chelsea Costello with Inspire WV Speaks to ALMBS

Chelsea has been involved with youth development programs since 2006. She has participated in domestic and international exchanges which have allowed her to travel all over the world including South Africa, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Ethiopia. Through these diverse community outreach programs, she has developed a passion for serving at the grassroots level and particularly enjoys working with young people.

Chelsea is a West Virginia native and a graduate of West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2010. Throughout her undergraduate studies she was an active member of her higher education community. While completing her thesis with the Sleep Lab in the Behavioral Neuroscience department, she actively participated in the student-run Psychology Club as a volunteer, historian and secretary. Chelsea also volunteered with local nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Child Advocacy Center.

Most recently Chelsea returned from Ethiopia where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the education sector for two years. The mission of the program was to train local teachers in English and in the use of active teaching strategies.  In addition to working closely with educators, this opportunity enabled her to interact regularly with high school and elementary school students. Chelsea was especially driven to empower high school students in their transition to adulthood through life-skills training, citizenship awareness and enrichment activities.  Chelsea was elected by her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers as a leader of the Peer-Support Network, where she led trainings for new volunteers and provided emotional support to all volunteers serving in Ethiopia.

Chelsea loves the outdoors and has a passion for camping, hiking and sports. She has worked at summer camps in both Virginia and beautiful Pocahontas County, West Virginia. While working as a camp counselor, Chelsea coordinated experiential learning activities and developed a greater understanding of the outdoor education environment. After graduating from WVU in 2010, she worked at Pressley Ridge in Clarksburg where she served as a teacher counselor for at-risk troubled youth.

Chelsea currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia and is thrilled at the opportunity to work with the youth in her home state. As a program corodinator for Inspire West Virginia, Chelsea connects with local partners, recruits and mentors student leaders, and oversees program development. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, crocheting and hanging out with her best friend and twin sister Carly.

Get in touch with Chelsea at chelsea.costello@inspireus-wv.org

Inspire WV

Inspire WV is a unique nonpartisan initiative that began its efforts in West Virginia in 2014. IWV is a peer-based program that empowers high school students to drive positive change through voter registration and civic engagement projects. Currently, IWV has 35 student leaders in 16 high schools across West Virginia. These student leaders have contacted over 3,000 new voters. We are now expanding to 25 schools with 75 student leaders total. Website: www.inspireus-wv.org

If rising juniors and seniors want to apply to be a student leader at their school next year we can direct to the application here: www.inspireus-wv.org/2015_application