Youth

The cornerstone of UNITE’s efforts are its programs focused on youth. UNITE’s programs seek to empower youth to remain free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and to become leaders within their school and community. This is achieved by developing drug prevention, intervention and leadership programs and by providing drug-free, youth-targeted activities.

UNITE Clubs
In-school anti-drug clubs for grades 4-12 that help youth develop healthy attitudes and behaviors by learning and practicing life skills, enhancing academic performance, connecting peers, adults, communities and learning through service.

Camp UNITE
A free week-long leadership/adventure camp for students entering grades 7-9. Held at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, camp provides a combination of outrageous games, team-building activities and motivational presentations.

Shoot Hoops Not Drugs
A series of free regional basketball skills camps taught by former UK basketball star Jeff Sheppard.

Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs (HOFNOD)
A year-round program designed to foster angling skills, conservation ethics and social skills utilizing trained, caring adults in a mentoring relationship,

Youth Summits
Annual regional gatherings for students in grades 4-12 to promote anti-drug UNITE Clubs and to recognize clubs that provided extra-ordinary service during the previous school year.

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
An in-school program designed to teach students in grades 4-12 responsibility, discipline and respect while they learn basic archery skills.

First Tee
A life-skills educational after-school program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

AmeriCorps
UNITE will employ 25 AmeriCorps members during the 2010-11 school year to teach the “Too Good for Drugs” curriculum, tutor students in mathematics, and help establish and coordinate anti-drug UNITE Clubs

Substance Abuse Counselors
UNITE will employ 16 counselors during the 2010-11 school year to provide early intervention services to students who are beginning to experiencing drugs or are a facing a substance abuse problem at home.

Anti-drug sporting events or leagues
Communities have structured a wide variety of sporting programs – including basketball, football (UNITE Bowl), soccer and swimming – around an anti-drug theme. Civic, business and faith-based groups partner to promote and conduct these programs, which include anti-drug activities and prevention messages throughout the event.

Thespian programs
School or coalition-based drug prevention programs that use acting and theater to educate the public about the danger of drugs and about positive life choices and/or developing self-esteem. Drama groups implement program in two phases: First students write or select an anti-drug script using researched information, the cast participants and practice roles. The second phase is the performance, where critical information is passed along to the audience.