UNITE Clubs

ClubLogo_2015-16-1x1UNITE 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.
 
 


UNITE Club Registration Open for 2015-16

 
Click here to download UNITE Club Handbook and Forms for the 2015-16 school year.

School year Clubs Counties Students
2015-16     Click here to view list of school clubs as of 9-1-15 3 2 157
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+


 

“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

Created by the UNITE Foundation, these scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Funding for these scholarships come from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.
 
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.
 
During the past three years the Foundation has awarded 66 scholarships.
 
To learn more and see list of recipients for the 2014-15 school year click here.


UNITE Clubs of the Year

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Submissions for the 2014-15 UNITE Club of the Year awards are currently being reviewed.
 
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.
Click here to read story. To view presentation photos and read information about club activities click here or on the individual school name.

 

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

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 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.
 
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.
 


2015-16 UNITE Club Forms and Certificates

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UNITE Club Forms for the 2015-16 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.