Youth Initiatives

5 Shoot Hoops camps planned

5 Shoot Hoops camps planned

Five free, regional Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be conducted between June 18 through June 28. Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson – who was part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad – will conduct these three-hour camps. All school-age...

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Hammons honored for volunteerism

Hammons honored for volunteerism

FRANKFORT (5-30-18) – Benji Hammons, a former UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) member, received the National Service Alumni Award for her volunteer and service contributions at the 23rd Annual Kentucky Governor’s Service Awards Wednesday, May 30, at the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. Hammons, a Laurel County resident who served as an AmeriCorps member at Cold Hill Elementary School from...

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22 students awarded scholarships

22 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-two high school seniors have been selected to receive 2018 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $33,000 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from private donations to Operation UNITE.   “These scholarships honor youth who have excelled – not only this year, but throughout...

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Examining impact of community service

Examining impact of community service

Operation UNITE was visited on Friday, October 13, by videographer Herby Smith to obtain footage for possible use in a mini-documentary series on the importance of national service and people working to change their communities. UNITE was selected as an example of the impact that federal funding for national service has had on critical issues at a local level. Click here to view...

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Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

FRANKFORT (9-20-17) – At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients. That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators yesterday in the Capitol Annex. He was among more than 25 people from...

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SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

SHND: ‘March Madness’ in June

The spring might bring “March Madness,” but the hoops really heat up in June for Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs (SHND) basketball camps. Five regional camps were held with 737 youth participants from 27 Kentucky counties and three other states (Ohio, West Virginia and South Carolina). In addition, 262 adults attended a drug education program, and 145 volunteers assisted....

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