Service Corps



Service Corps members provide math tutoring and drug abuse prevention education using the “Too Good for Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10” wellness curriculums to elementary school students. Service Corps members also serve as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs and recruit volunteers for school-based prevention programs.
A National Model
In October 2012, the UNITE Service Corps initiative was heralded “as a model to other rural counties across the country” by Wendy Spencer, executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which directs the AmeriCorps initiative across the United States.

2014-15 Service Corps Members


School System Member School Served

Bell Co. Jennifer Huffman Yellow Creek School Center
  Taylor Roark Page School Center
  Wynter Scott Bell Central School Center

Breathitt Co. Jessica Gross L.B.J. Elementary
  Kenna Spears Highland-Turner Elementary
  Crystal Strong Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary

East Bernstadt Ind. Amanda Bowling East Bernstadt Elementary

Harlan Co. Brooke Bledsoe Cumberland Elementary
  Marlene Sergent Rosspoint Elementary
  Bill Slusher Green Hills Elementary
  Jason Owens James A. Cawood Elementary

Johnson Co. Megan Adkins Highland Elementary
  Jasmine Banks Porter Elementary
  Stacy Crum W.R. Castle Elementary
  Stacey Kretzer Flat Gap Elementary
  Lee McDonald Central Elementary
  Maria Wright Meade Memorial Elementary

Knott Co. Tyler Triplett Carr Creek Elementary

Laurel Co. Shayna Chasteen Hazel Green Elementary
  Benji Hammons Cold Hill Elementary
  Grace Larkey Hunter Hills Elementary
  Angela Wagers Keavy Elementary

Leslie Co. Tasha Hollin Mountain View Elementary
  Bethany Rockrohr Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Lilly Turner Stinnett Elementary
  Becky Young W.B. Muncy Elementary

Owsley Co. Shon Gray Owsley County Elementary

Perry Co. Tanner Brown R.W. Combs Elementary
  Vacant East Perry Elementary

Pike Co. Beth Coleman Mullins Elementary
  Karissa Henson Kimper Elementary
  Cary Hughes Valley Elementary
  Jenny Hylton Southside Elementary
  Mika Justice Dorton Elementary
  Robert Lounsberry Elkhorn City Elementary
  Amanda Lovern Bevins Elementary
  Ida McCoy Phelps Elementary
  LaShawna Miller Feds Creek Elementary
  Jamie Mounts Johns Creek Elementary
  Judy Ratliff Millard Elementary

Rockcastle Co. Michelle Martin Mt. Vernon Elementary

Wolfe Co. Sarah Bryant Red River Valley Elementary
  Christi Miller Campton Elementary
  Charli Swift Rogers Elementary


Making A Difference

AmericorpsUNITE employed 44 full-time AmeriCorps members for the 2013-14 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. These members served 42 schools in 11 counties. They recorded the following statistics:

  • 2,535 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for 83% of these students increased 41% during the year.
  • 3,530 students were provided one-on-one mentoring assistance.
  • 2,321 students were taught the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for 805 of these students showed a 40% increase drug education knowledge and healthy decision-making information.
  • 2,161 volunteers were recruited for school-related activities. They contributed 18,763 volunteer service hours.
  • 19 Service Corps members became state certified in disaster and emergency response from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. This certification enables members to become leaders on local disaster response teams when the need arises.
  • Members either sponsored or co-sponsored UNITE Clubs at their school with 3,051 student members.


In the News

  • UNITE Service Corps receives funding for 44 AmeriCorps members in 2015-16 school year. Read story.
  • USC members attend AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary conference. Read story and View photos 9-12-14
  • Service, accomplishments recognized at year-end celebration. Read story and View photos 5-27-14
  • The UNITE Service Corps has received funding for 44 AmeriCorps members for the 2014-15 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. Read story. 5-5-14
  • UNITE Service Corps expected to set record with holiday food drive collections. Read story 11-7-13
  • Wolfe County “Stuff The Bus” food drive results in largest donation ever to food pantry. View the WYMT news story. 10-29-13
  • In May 2012, the UNITE Service Corps initiative was honored for the second time in two years with the “Governor’s Citation” for its excellent leadership and service by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Read story about the Governor’s Citation.
  • View photos from the year-end celebration conducted May 23, 2013, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story about that event.


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