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.

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2015-16 UNITE Service Corps Members


School System Member School Served

Bell Co. Allen_Nikki   Nikki Allen Bell School Center
  AmeriCorps_mug   Vacant Paige Elementary
  Warwick_Justin   Justin Warwick Yellow Creek Elementary

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

East Bernstadt Ind. Guffey_Courtney   Courtney Guffey East Bernstadt Elementary

Harlan Co. Ball_Tisha   Tisha Ball Rosspoint Elementary
  Caldwell_Aaron   Aaron Caldwell Wallins Elementary
  Cornett_Teresa   Teresa Cornett Cumberland Elementary
  Owens_Jason   Jason Owens James A. Cawood Elementary
  AmeriCorps_mug   Vacant Green Hills Elementary

Harlan Ind. Freeman_Christin   Christin Freeman Harlan Elementary

Johnson Co. Fannin_Lakin   Lakin Fannin Highland Elementary
  Banks_Jasmine   Jasmine Banks Porter Elementary
  Burchett_Jeff   Jeff Burchett W.R. Castle Elementary
  Moore_Kayla-sm   Kayla Moore Central Elementary
  Moore_Tanya   Tonya Moore Meade Memorial Elementary
  Ramey_Jodie   Jodie Ramey Flat Gap Elementary

Laurel Co. Chasteen_Shayna   Shayna Chasteen Camp Ground Elementary
  Hammons_Benji   Benji Hammons Cold Hill Elementary
  Napier_Emily   Emily Napier Hunter Hills Elementary
  Wagers_Angela   Angela Wagers Keavy Elementary

Leslie Co. Rice_Jessica   Jessica Rice W.B. Muncy Elementary
  Rockrohr_Bethany   Bethany Rockrohr Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Sizemore_ChelseaAriana   Chelsea Ariana Sizemore Mountain View Elementary
  Turner_Lilly   Lilly Turner Stinnett Elementary

Owsley Co. Gray_Shon   Shon Gray Owsley County Elementary

Perry Co. Brown_Tanner   Tanner Brown R.W. Combs Elementary
  Smith_Maggie   Maggie Smith A.B. Combs Elementary

Pike Co. Bryant_Karen   Karen Bryant Dorton Elementary
  Charles_Mauricea   Mauricea Charles Mullins Elementary
  Fields_Jerry   Jerry Fields Elkhorn City Elementary
  Gilbert_Jennifer   Jennifer Gilbert Phelps Elementary
  Hackney_Amanda   Amanda Hackney Southside Elementary
  May_Keith   Keith May Millard Elementary
  Miller_Lashawna   LaShawna Miller Feds Creek Elementary
  Robinson_Georgetta   Georgetta Robinson Johns Creek Elementary
  Skaggs_Jessica   Jessica Scaggs Bevins Elementary
  Stewart_Becky   Becky Stewart Valley Elementary

Rockcastle Co. Smith_Morgan   Morgan Smith Mt. Vernon Elementary

Wolfe Co. Miller_Christi   Christi Miller Campton Elementary
  Swift_Charli   Charli Swift Rogers Elementary
  Terrill_Kayla   Kayla Terrill Red River Valley Elementary


Making A Difference – 2014-15 School Year

AmericorpsUNITE employed 44 full-time AmeriCorps members for the 2014-15 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. These members served 44 schools in 12 districts in 11 counties. They recorded the following statistics:

  • 1,760 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students increased 42.42% during the year.
  • 3,290 students were provided one-on-one mentoring assistance.
  • 2,223 students were taught the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for these students showed a 46.53% increase in drug education knowledge and healthy decision-making information.
  • 2,376 volunteers were recruited for school-related activities. They contributed 20,331 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.
  • 20 Service Corps members served in a disaster response situation, assisting 1,298 community members.
  • Members sponsored or co-sponsored 50 UNITE Clubs at their schools with 3,157 registered student members.

UNITE Service Corps-AmeriCorps Video from Operation UNITE on Vimeo.



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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