The UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) program began its 16th year of service with a three-day orientation in Pikeville August 23-31, 2023.

During the 2023-24 school year, the UNITE Service Corps will engage 62 Kentucky AmeriCorps members. These members will serve 59 elementary schools in 22 school systems across 21 counties within its service region. In addition, Kentucky AmeriCorps members will serve as interns involved with youth prevention programs during in summer 2024.

Kentucky AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE provide math tutoring and drug prevention education to elementary school students using the “Too Good for Drugs” curricula.

The “Too Good for Drugs” program has been found to be effective in decreasing a youth’s intention to use alcohol or other drugs. The lessons introduce and develop social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.

In addition, AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE volunteer as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs in their schools and recruit volunteers for school-based prevention programs.