UNITE Clubs

ClubLogo_2014-15_3x3UNITE 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 2014-15 school year.
 

NEW for 2014-15

UNITE is excited to announce the launch of the UNITE Club Project of the Month. This will be an opportunity for your Club to tell us what you’re doing at to show the importance of drug and alcohol prevention through education. Each month, UNITE will showcase a Club’s activity with a special award. Details are available in the UNITE Club Handbook.
 


2013-14 UNITE Clubs of the Year Announced

 
Congratulations to the following UNITE Clubs for being chosen “UNITE Club of the Year” for the 2013-14 school year. 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 $750 in additional funding for this school year.

Region 1 Region 3  
Mt. Vernon Elementary Highlands Elementary (tie)
  Meade Memorial Elementary (tie)
Rockcastle Co. Middle James D. Adams Middle
Rockcastle Co. High Magoffin Co. High
   
Region 2 Region 4
Highland-Turner Elementary Red River Elementary
Dorton Middle (tie) South Laurel Middle
Whitesburg Middle (tie)
Belfry High Wolfe Co. High

 


UNITE Clubs

 
Registrations for the 2014-15 school year are now being accepted. Click here to download UNITE Club Handbook and Forms for the 2014-15 school year.

School year Clubs Counties Students
2014-15 Click here to view list of school clubs as of 9-18-14 1 1 66
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+

 


“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

The Operation UNITE Foundation created an “I Am UNITE” Scholarship during the 2012-13 term that provides high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. During the past two years the Foundation has awarded 42 scholarships.
 
Receiving scholarships from the Class of 2014 (click here to read story) are:

  • Timothy D. Baker, Busy, Buckhorn High School (Perry County)
  • Maulyia G. Baker, Jackson, Owsley County High School
  • Sydni N. Bogar, Canada, Belfry High School (Pike County)
  • Haleigh B. Bowling, Jenkins, Shelby Valley High School (Pike County)
  • Kaitlynn E. Clark, Essie, Leslie County High School
  • Corey B. Crisologo, Rockholds, Whitley County High School
  • Darrian R. Davidson, Jackson, Jackson Independent (Breathitt County)
  • Matthew J. Douglas, Corbin, Whitley County High School
  • Rebecca L. Dunmore, Somerset, Somerset Christian School (Pulaski County)
  • Nicholas T. Early, Cumberland, Harlan County High School
  • James T. Faulkner, Williamsburg, Whitley County High School
  • Brianna A. Feltner, Essie, Leslie County High School
  • Caroline T. Herald, Jackson, Jackson Independent (Breathitt County)
  • Morgan L. Jarrell, Dorton, Shelby Valley High School (Pike County)
  • Emily N. Jenkins, Elkfork, Morgan County High School
  • Alisha M. Kersey, Corbin, Corbin High School
  • Matthew McCary, Tram, Betsy Layne High School (Floyd County)
  • Kaitlyn R. Mitchell, Corbin, Lighthouse Academy (home school)
  • Tanner M. Sammons, Pikeville, Pike County Central
  • Harry R. Steele, West Liberty, Morgan County High School
  • McKinzii S. Todd, Crab Orchard, Rockcastle County High School
  • Brooklyn M. Tolson, Campton, Wolfe County High School
  • Halley C. Wilson, West Liberty, Morgan County High School

 

 
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. Scholarship application form for the Class of 2015 will be available in the spring.
 


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.
 


Club Activities

Clubs are invited to send photos showcasing activities within their school and community and we will post them to the UNITE website. Click on event description to view photos.
 
2013-14 school year

 



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2014-15 UNITE Club Forms

 
UNITE Club Forms for the 2014-15 school year are available below. Please DO NOT use previous years’ forms as some information has changed.