UNITE 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.
“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.
|2013-14 Click here to view list of school clubs as of 5-13-14||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|
About UNITE Clubs
Operation 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.
UNITE 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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- McCreary County Middle Teddy Bear Drive 12-2013
- Rockcastle High UNITE Club officers 11-25-13
- South Laurel Middle and High Schools’ Plant The Promise 11-5-13
- McCreary Middle at Red Maple Festival 10-19-13
- Adams Middle School Red Ribbon Week photos October 2013
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.
|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|
|Shelby Valley High|
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.
- UNITE Club Handbook (5 mb file) .
For more information e-mail Becky Calhoun or call 1-866-678-6483.
- Club Registration Form
- Club Participant Registration Form
- Club Project/Activity Request Form
- Club Report Form
- Drug-Free Pledge Certificate (full color 8.5″x11″)
- Volunteer Service Form
- Service Hours Report Form