Service Corps

AmericorpsUNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members provide math tutoring and drug prevention education to elementary school students using the “Too Good for Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10” wellness curricula. The “Too Good for Drugs” program has been found to be effective in decreasing intention to use alcohol or drugs and increase negative attitudes about using alcohol and drugs. “Take 10” integrates movement with core curriculum concepts and includes nutrition education and physical activity lessons. Service Corps members also serve as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs and recruit volunteers for school-based prevention programs.

UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members have begun work in 54 schools across southern and eastern Kentucky for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view photos of their orientation.

Making A Difference: 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.
UNITE engaged 54 full-time AmeriCorps members for the 2016-17 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. Accomplishments include:

  • 2,564 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students showed an average growth of 56.5% in math knowledge according to pre- and post-test surveys evaluated by the University of Kentucky.
  • 3,038 students were taught the science-based “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for these students showed an average growth of 51.3% in drug education and healthy decision-making knowledge according to pre- and post-test surveys evaluated by the University of Kentucky.
  • 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.
  • Each member sponsored or co-sponsored a UNITE Club at their school.



2017-18 UNITE Service Corps Members

UNITE will again engage 54 full-time AmeriCorps members at 54 schools in 16 school districts across 13 counties during the 2017-18 school year.


  Cassie Baier
Heritage Elementary
  Andrea Holbrook
Olive Hill Elementary
  Abby White
Tygart Elementary
  Kelli Bonnette
Prichard Elementary


  Danyelle McCowan
East Bernstadt Elementary


  Mary Bush
Black Mountain Elementary
  Zack Caldwell
Wallins Elementary
  Colin Early
Cumberland Elementary
  Carol Sparks
Evarts Elementary
  Melissa Daniels
James A. Cawood Elementary
  Alex Sergent
Rosspoint Elementary


  Devin Newsome
Jenkins Elementary


  Tanya Moore
Central Elementary
  Lakin Fannin
Highland Elementary
  Kayla Vanhoose
Porter Elementary
  Shelley Lemaster
W.R. Castle Elementary


  Tamara Jacobs
Carr Creek Elementary


  Allison Lenoir
Keavy Elementary
  Doris Howard
Hunter Hills Elementary


  Crystal Melton
Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Amy Riterholz
Mountain View Elementary
  Brittany Shell
Stinnett Elementary
  Oma Woods
W.B. Muncy Elementary


  Brittany Breeding
Letcher Elementary
  Carrie Dixon
Cowan Elementary
  Shellie Williams
West Whitesburg Elementary
  Chris Tyree
Martha Jane Potter Elementary


  Deborah Simmons
Waynesburg Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Cassie Poynter
Crab Orchard Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Kayla Upchurch
Stanford Elementary
  Linda Crawley
Highland Elementary
  Afton Parsons
Hustonville Elementary


  Christina Engle
East Valley Elementary


  Kacey Tackett
Bevins Elementary
  Karen Bryant
Dorton Elementary
  Jimmy Morgan
Elkhorn City Elementary
  Clarence Hunt
Feds Creek Elementary
  Alyssa Hamilton
Johns Creek Elementary
  Ashley Howard
Millard Elementary
  Susie Miller
Mullins Elementary
  Marsha Wagner
Phelps Elementary
  Amanda Hackney
Belfry Elementary
  Rebecca Stewart
Valley Elementary


  Somer Schmidt
Southern Elementary
  Wyatt Burton
Pulaski Elementary
  Lesia Cook
Nancy Elementary


  Nacole Smith
Mt. Vernon Elementary


  Stacy Usher
Campton Elementary
  Tiffany Drake
Rogers Elementary


For More Information

kincer_melinda_2015_web  Melinda Kincer at or 606-386-9077.
little_marionette-web  Marionette Little at or 865-387-5341.
trusty_debbie-2014-web  Debbie Trusty at or 606-889-0422.

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Photos & Stories about the UNITE Service Corps

  • Training on the “Too Good For Drugs” curriculum used by UNITE Service Corps members was conducted by the Mendez Foundation View photos. 10-26-16
  • UNITE Service Corps members for the 2016-17 school year attended orientation in Pikeville on September 6, 2016, and in London on October 18, 2016. View photos. 10-18-16
  • UNITE Service Corps presents “Above and Beyond” awards during a 2015-16 year-end celebration held June 9, 2016, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story and View photos. 6-9-16
  • 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, 2015. View photos. 6-4-16
  • 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.