UNITE Clubs

NOW AVAILABLE: “I Am UNITE” 2014 Scholarship application. Click here for details.
 
ClubLogo_2013-14UNITE Clubs help youth develop healthy attitudes and behaviors by learning and practicing life skills, enhancing academic performance, connecting peers, adults, communities and learning through service.

Youth are involved in developing and conducting activities designed to help make their schools and communities healthy and drug-free as well as mentoring younger students.
 
Click here to download UNITE Club forms for the 2013-14 school year.
 


UNITE Clubs

 

School year Clubs Counties Students
2013-14 Click here to view list of school clubs as of 3-10-14 104 26 8,586
2012-13 Click here to view list of school clubs 118 26 9,572
2011-12 Click here to view list of school clubs 95 23 6,841
2010-11 Click here to view list of school clubs 113 28 6,762
2009-10 121 31 6,414
2008-09 79 25 3,676
2007-08 121 29 6,891
2006-07 98 28 5,346+
2005-06 34 18 2,137+

 


About UNITE Clubs

 
DSC00320Operation UNITE recommends that clubs be broken down by grades – elementary, middle and high – because children are often more comfortable around others of the same age. Club members agree to educate themselves and their peers in the importance of remaining drug free, and to help raise awareness about the dangers of illegal substance abuse and all the issues that surround drug abuse.

Registered UNITE Clubs can be reimbursed up to $750 per school year for allowable resources to assist with projects and activities. Each club must participate in:

  • At least one club activity of their choice
  • At least one mentoring activity
  • At least one community service project.

Rowan redribbon 10-09UNITE Clubs operate like any other club or organization. They must be authorized through the principal and have a certified staff member assigned as a sponsor. Clubs should meet at least monthly during pre-approved school times or in an after-school setting if transportation is provided.

No student should be denied membership because of past drug use or reputation. In fact, discussions of past drug use is strongly discouraged; the most important consideration is that all members be committed to being drug-free.

While the challenges of youth development are both immense and complex, school systems have an ability to instill deep, lasting changes in people’s lives. Research shows that teens are starting to experiment with drugs at earlier ages. Every young person is at risk.

The use of illicit drugs has serious costs for young people. It not only affects judgment and can lead to involvement in other risky actions, but it can also impair a young person’s ability to reach his or her goals by slowing academic progress, impairing athletic performance and affecting the ability to function in the workplace.
 


2013-14 Club Activities

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“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

The Operation UNITE Foundation created an “I Am UNITE” Scholarship during the 2012-13 term that provided 19 senior high school students $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded this spring to members of the Class of 2014.
 

 
To be eligible, seniors must either be a member of their school’s UNITE Club or have attended Camp UNITE as either a youth counselor or camper and reside within UNITE’s 32-county service region. Deadline to return an application form and all supporting documents is April 1, 2014.
 
Click here to download an application packet. Pdf icon
 


2012-13 UNITE Clubs of the Year

 
Winners of the 2012-13 UNITE Club of the Year Awards have been selected.

Each of these clubs submitted a scrapbook showing the activities, service projects and mentoring activities completed during the year. Congratulations to the following UNITE Clubs for being chosen “UNITE Club of the Year” for the 2012-13 school year. Winning clubs received $750 in additional funding for the 2013-14 school year and a trophy.

Click here to read story and learn more about each club’s activities.

Region 1 Region 3
Mt. Vernon Elementary Porter Elementary – View photos
Rockcastle Co. Middle Adams Middle
Rockcastle Co. High Sheldon Clark High – View photos
   
Region 2 Region 4
Page Elementary/Middle Red River Elementary
Whitesburg Middle  
Shelby Valley High  

 


 

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2013-14 UNITE Club Forms

 
New Forms for the 2013-14 school year are available for download below. Please do not use previous years’ forms.