Service Corps

DSC_0013The 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.

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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2014-15 Service Corps Members (Incomplete List 8-12-14)

 

School System Member School Served

Breathitt Co. Crystal Strong Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary
  To be announced L.B.J. Elementary
  To be announced Highland-Turner Elementary

East Bernstadt Ind. Amanda Bowling East Bernstadt Elementary

Harlan Co. Brooke Bledsoe Cumberland Elementary
  Jason Owens J.A. Cawood Elementary

Johnson Co. Daniel Music Porter Elementary

Knott Co. Tyler Triplett Carr Creek Elementary

Laurel Co. Whitey Grace Larkey Hunter Hills Elementary
  Other placements To be announced

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

Owsley Co. Placements To be announced

Pike Co. Beth Coleman Mullins Elementary
  Amanda Lovern Bevins Elementary
  LaShawna Miller Feds Creek Elementary
  Judy Ratliff Millard Elementary

Wolfe Co. Sarah Moore Bryant Red River Valley 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. Statistics for the year will be available in the fall of 2014.
 
UNITE employed 44 full-time Service Corps members at 42 schools in 11 school districts during the 2012-13 school year. They recorded the following statistics:

  • 2,250 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students increased 35.1% during the year.
  • 5,419 students were provided one-on-one mentoring assistance.
  • 2,563 students were taught the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for these students showed a 43.5% increase drug education knowledge and a 38.2% increase in healthy decision information.
  • 1,658 volunteers were recruited for school-related activities. They contributed 17,463 volunteer service hours.
  • All 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.

 
Because of its effectiveness, the USC initiative has continually expanded in each of the past 6 years to meet needs of local school districts. During the 2008-09 school year UNITE employed 10 AmeriCorps members at schools in 6 counties through a grant awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. An additional 5 members were added in the 2009-10 school year with funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, a co-coordinator was added during the 2012-13 school year to assist USC members.

 

In the News

  • Service, accomplishments recognized at year-end celebration. Read story and View photos 5-27-14
  • 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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