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 curricula 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.

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2016-17 UNITE Service Corps Members

UNITE will employ 54 full-time AmeriCorps members at 53 schools in 16 school districts in 13 counties during the 2016-17 school year.

School System Member School Served

Bell Co. Kayla Johnson Bell School Center
  Matthew Warren Yellow Creek Elementary

Carter Co. Cassie Baier Heritage Elementary
  Ann Logsdon Olive Hill Elementary
  Courtney Greene Tygart Creek Elementary
  Kelli Bonnette Prichard Elementary

East Bernstadt Ind. Ashley Hobbs East Bernstadt Elementary

Harlan Co. Mary Bush Black Mountain Elementary
  Zack Caldwell Cawood Elementary
  Marilyn Gamboa James A. Cawood Elementary
  Ryan McQueen Cumberland Elementary
  April Freeman Evarts Elementary
  Tisha Ball Rosspoint Elementary

Harlan Ind. Chrissie Freeman Harlan Elementary

Jenkins Ind. Devin Newsome Jenkins Elementary

Johnson Co. Kayla Moore Vanhoose Central Elementary
  Tanya Moore Central Elementary
  Jodie Ramey Flat Gap Elementary
  Lakin Fannin Highland Elementary
  James Chafins Porter Elementary
  Jeff Burchett W.R. Castle Elementary

Laurel Co. Jessica Sanchez Camp Ground Elementary
  Emily Napier Hunter Hills Elementary

Leslie Co. Crystal Melton Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Amy Ritterholz Mountain View Elementary
  Britany Shell Stinnett Elementary
  To be determined W.B. Muncy Elementary

Letcher Co. Carrie Dixon Cowan Elementary
  Rikki Brown Letcher Elementary
  Shellie Williams West Whitesburg Elementary

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Morgan Co. Christina Engle East Valley Elementary
  To be determined Wrigley Elementary

Perry Co. Maggie Smith A.B. Combs Elementary
  Tiffany Combs R.W. Combs Elementary

Pike Co. Jessica Scaggs Bevins Elementary
  Karen Bryant Dorton Elementary
  Jerry Fields Elkhorn City Elementary
  Clarence Hunt Feds Creek Elementary
  Georgetta Robinson Johns Creek Elementary
  Keith May Millard Elementary
  Susie Miller Mullins Elementary
  Marsha Wagner Phelps Elementary
  Amanda Hackney Southside Elementary
  Rebecca Stewart Valley Elementary

Rockcastle Co. Kasi Parsons Brodhead Elementary
  Nacole Smith Mt. Vernon Elementary
  Lauren Burton Roundstone Elementary

Wolfe Co. Stacy Usher Campton Elementary
  Kayla Terrill Red River Valley Elementary
  Dylan Creech Rogers Elementary


Making A Difference

AmericorpsUNITE employed 44 full-time AmeriCorps members for the 2015-16 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. These members recorded the following statistics:

  • 1,573 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students showed an average growth of 30.2% in math knowledge.
  • 3,378 students were taught the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for these students showed an average growth of 35% in drug education and healthy decision-making knowledge.
  • 8,240 adult volunteers were recruited for school-related activities. These individuals contributed 25,353 volunteer service hours.
  • All of the Service Corps members were state certified in disaster and emergency response by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, enabling them to become leaders on local disaster response teams when the need arises.
  • Members sponsored or co-sponsored 53 UNITE Clubs at their schools with 4,353 registered student members.


In the News

  • UNITE Service Corps receives funding for 44 AmeriCorps members in 2015-16 school year. Read story.
  • The UNITE Service Corps held a 2014-15 year-end celebration at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg on June 4. View photos.
  • 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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