UNITE Clubs

Club_Shirts_4-3UNITE 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.
 
 


Students find many fun ways to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Students with Central Elementary School's UNITE Club in Johnson County were among many who celebrated Red Ribbon Week at the end of October 2016.

Students with Central Elementary School’s UNITE Club in Johnson County were among many who celebrated Red Ribbon Week at the end of October 2016. Click here to view more photos.


UNITE Clubs

 
Click here to download the UNITE Club Handbook and Forms for the 2016-17 school year.

School year Clubs Counties Students
2016-17     Click here to view list of school clubs, updated 12-1-16 53 20 3,861
2015-16     Click here to view list of school clubs 96 22 7,440
2014-15     Click here to view list of school clubs 88 25 7,298
2013-14     Click here to view list of school clubs 105 26 8,639
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+

2015-16 UNITE Clubs of the Year

Congratulations to the following seven UNITE Clubs for being selected as a “UNITE Club of the Year” for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year.
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  • Belfry High School (Pike County)
  • Cold Hill Elementary School (Laurel County)
  • Porter Elementary School (Johnson County)
  • Rockcastle County Middle School (Rockcastle County)
  • Rockcastle County High School (Rockcastle County)
  • Southside Elementary School (Pike County)
  • Stinnett Middle School (Leslie County)

Each of these clubs submitted a scrapbook showing the activities, service projects and mentoring activities completed by club members during the year. Winning clubs will receive a trophy plus $500 in additional funding for this school year.
 
Click here to read story about the awards.


Showing youth the right way to have fun


About UNITE Clubs

 
roundstone-wipe-out-9-29-16Operation 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.
 
101_0537Registered UNITE Clubs can be reimbursed up to $500 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.

UNITE Clubs operate like any other club or organization. They must be authorized through the principal and have a school 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.
 
Rowan redribbon 10-09No 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.
 

Southwestern High School students present a puppet show on positive choices to students at Oak Hill Elementary in Pulaski County.

Southwestern High School students present a puppet show on positive choices to students at Oak Hill Elementary in Pulaski County.

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.
 
 
 
 
 


“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

“I Am UNITE” scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. To learn more, click here.


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2016-17 UNITE Club Forms and Certificates

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UNITE Club Forms for the 2016-17 school year are available below. All clubs are required to submit new registration forms each year. Also, please DO NOT use previous years’ forms as some required information has changed.