Youth Initiatives

54 AmeriCorps members to serve with UNITE

54 AmeriCorps members to serve with UNITE

Updated 8-28-18 Operation UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 Serve Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools across southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2018-19 school year. Through a $658,800 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE will provide math tutoring, drug prevention and healthy living...

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First Lady to campers: Use your voice

First Lady to campers: Use your voice

WILLIAMSBURG (7-26-18) – Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, encouraged the 229 youth attending Camp UNITE to make the right choice by staying away from drugs and alcohol in a video message presented on the leadership/adventure program’s final night. “Your positive impact can be so powerful,” Mrs. Trump said. “With your voice, you have the ability to stand up...

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Sports balls donated by AHA

Sports balls donated by AHA

More than 400 basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, footballs and balls of all types have been donated to Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) for distribution throughout southern and eastern Kentucky. The sports balls were donated by the American Heart Association in a special media event held on Wednesday, July 25 on the campus of the University of the...

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5 Shoot Hoops camps planned

5 Shoot Hoops camps planned

Five free, regional Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be conducted between June 18 through June 28. Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson – who was part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad – will conduct these three-hour camps. All school-age...

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Hammons honored for volunteerism

Hammons honored for volunteerism

FRANKFORT (5-30-18) – Benji Hammons, a former UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) member, received the National Service Alumni Award for her volunteer and service contributions at the 23rd Annual Kentucky Governor’s Service Awards Wednesday, May 30, at the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. Hammons, a Laurel County resident who served as an AmeriCorps member at Cold Hill Elementary School from...

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22 students awarded scholarships

22 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-two high school seniors have been selected to receive 2018 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $33,000 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from private donations to Operation UNITE.   “These scholarships honor youth who have excelled – not only this year, but throughout...

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