Service Corps

DSC_0013UNITE 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.

Service Corps 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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2013-14 Service Corps Members


School System Member School Served

Bell Co. Jennifer Huffman Yellow Creek School Center
  Taylor Roark Page School Center
  Wynter Scott Bell Central School Center

Breathitt Co. Jamie Mullins-Smith Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary
  Clint Lively L.B.J. Elementary
  Larry Noble L.B.J. Elementary
  Arlina Spencer Highland-Turner Elementary
  Amy Spicer Highland-Turner Elementary

Harlan Co. Marquise Massy Cumberland Elementary
  Marlene Sergent Rosspoint Elementary
  Bill Slusher Green Hills Elementary
  Jeremy Smith J.A. Cawood Elementary

Johnson Co. Megan Adkins Highland Elementary
  Amy Chapman Flat Gap Elementary
  Stacy Crum W.R. Castle Elementary
  Lee McDonald Central Elementary
  Amanda Skaggs Porter Elementary
  Maria Wright Meade Elementary

Knott Co. Michael Sammons* Carr Creek Elementary

Laurel Co. Bianca Hawkins Hunter Hills Elementary
  Walt Kilburn Cold Hill Elementary
  Courtney New Bush Elementary
  Diana Schafer Hunter Hills Elementary

Leslie Co. Athena Ison* Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Christy Collins Mountain View Elementary
  LaRonda Hoskins Stinnett Elementary
  Jennifer Isaacs W.B. Muncy Elementary

Perry Co. Andrea Howard East Perry Elementary
  Arlie Messer R.W. Combs Elementary

Pike Co. CaSondra Casey Majestic-Knox Creek Elementary
  Dawn Damron Feds Creek Elementary
  Karissa Henson Kimper Elementary
  Cary Hughes Valley Elementary
  Virginia Hylton Southside Elementary
  Mika Justice Dorton Elementary
  Kathleen Lockart Millard Elementary
  Robert Lounsberry Elkhorn City Elementary
  Ida McCoy Phelps Elementary
  Breanna McMillan Mullins School
  Jamie Mounts Johns Creek Elementary

Rockcastle Co. Michelle Martin Mt. Vernon Elementary

Wolfe Co. Lori Halsey Rogers Elementary
  Stacy Johnson Campton Elementary
  Chasity Prather Red River Valley Elementary

*Service Corps member left before end of year

Making A Difference

AmericorpsUNITE 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. 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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