Youth Initiatives

Service Corps increases math scores

Through Operation UNITE’s “Too Good for Drugs” program, test scores increased 43 percent for drug prevention knowledge and 30 percent in math for students in third through fifth grades. The curricula served 1,573 students in 42 schools within 13 school districts this past year through the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative. “One of the strongest drug prevention tools we have is...

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Using social media to fight opioid crisis

Using social media to fight opioid crisis

Operation UNITE is one of five organizations selected to participate in a pilot social media training program to help community-based organizations in Appalachia more effectively use social media to combat the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers and illegal opiates, such as heroin. The training is sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for...

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SHND Camps begin June 14

SHND Camps begin June 14

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be conducted June 14 through June 23. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, hosted by Operation UNITE, at the following dates and locations: Week 1 • Tuesday, June 14, at Martin (Warfield) Middle School in Warfield. • Thursday, June...

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23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2016 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit – the largest annual collaboration of professionals and advocates in the...

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Scholarship deadline extended

Scholarship deadline extended

LONDON – Operation UNITE has extended the deadline for seniors to apply for “I Am UNITE” scholarships to Friday, April 8. “The initial deadline was March 31, but with the number of school closings due to weather and sickness we wanted to make sure students had an opportunity to submit an application,” explained Debbie L. Trusty, UNITE’s Education and Treatment Director. Application...

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Training on dangers of marijuana use

Training on dangers of marijuana use

Innocorp, Ltd., of Verona, Wisconsin, conducted a Fatal Vision Marijuana Goggles demonstration training December 1-2, 2015, at the National Guard ERAD headquarters in London. A total of 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky State Police, UNITE Service Corps and UNITE staff attended the trainings. To view photos from the training, click here. The purpose of the training was to show...

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