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.
2015-16 UNITE Service Corps Members
|School System||Member||School Served|
|Bell Co.||Nikki Allen||Bell School Center|
|Justin Warwick||Yellow Creek Elementary|
|Breathitt Co.||Jessica Gross||L.B.J. Elementary|
|Kenna Spears||Highland-Turner Elementary|
|Crystal Strong||Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary|
|Harlan Co.||Tisha Ball||Rosspoint Elementary|
|Aaron Caldwell||Wallins Elementary|
|Teresa Cornett||Cumberland Elementary|
|Jason Owens||James A. Cawood Elementary|
|Vacant||Green Hills Elementary|
|Johnson Co.||Lakin Fannin||Highland Elementary|
|Jasmine Banks||Porter Elementary|
|Jeff Burchett||W.R. Castle Elementary|
|Kayla Moore||Central Elementary|
|Tonya Moore||Meade Memorial Elementary|
|Jodie Ramey||Flat Gap Elementary|
|Laurel Co.||Shayna Chasteen||Camp Ground Elementary|
|Benji Hammons||Cold Hill Elementary|
|Emily Napier||Hunter Hills Elementary|
|Angela Wagers||Keavy Elementary|
|Leslie Co.||Jessica Rice||W.B. Muncy Elementary|
|Bethany Rockrohr||Hayes Lewis Elementary|
|Chelsea Ariana Sizemore||Mountain View Elementary|
|Lilly Turner||Stinnett Elementary|
|Wolfe Co.||Christi Miller||Campton Elementary|
|Charli Swift||Rogers Elementary|
|Kayla Terrill||Red River Valley Elementary|
Making A Difference – 2014-15 School Year
UNITE 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.
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.