Youth Initiatives

Hayes Lewis has ‘project of month’

HYDEN – A school project designed to counteract the effects of bullying at Hayes Lewis Elementary School in Leslie County was honored as the “UNITE Club Project of the Month” for October. This was the first year Operation UNITE has presented this award to highlight what students in the anti-drug school clubs were doing to make a difference within their school, community or county. For...

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A reason to say no to drugs

MT. VERNON – A new drug prevention initiative designed to provide youth another way to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs was launched in Rockcastle County Tuesday, October 14. The “Give Me A Reason” program – a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and Operation UNITE – will provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents...

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Rockcastle sweeps UNITE Club honors

MT. VERNON – It’s becoming a tradition. For the sixth straight year, Rockcastle County UNITE Clubs at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels have swept the region for “UNITE Club of the Year” honors. It is the eighth consecutive win for Mt. Vernon Elementary School. The awards, for efforts put forth during the 2013-14 school year, were presented by Fifth District Congressman Harold...

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‘2 Smart 4 Drugs’ academic tournament

Teams from nine schools competed in the “2 Smart 4 Drugs” Academic Tournament held October 11 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. A total of 214 students and 18 coaches participated. Big Sandy’s Academic team as well as UNITE provided breakfast (sausage biscuits, fruit, donuts, etc.) and lunch (pizza, chips, cupcakes, cookies, fruit, etc.) and snacks for the students,...

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AmeriCorps having impact

AmeriCorps logo

It’s all about service – to youth, to schools, and to communities across southern and eastern Kentucky. Operation UNITE’s Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative provides before and after school math tutoring and healthy choices programs to address drug prevention and nutritional education. Members also serve as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs and recruit volunteers for school-based...

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UNITE Clubs of the Year announced

Fourteen anti-drug UNITE Clubs in schools across the Fifth Congressional District have been named “Clubs of the Year” for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year.     UNITE Clubs receiving recognition are: Region 1: Mt. Vernon Elementary – Rockcastle County Rockcastle County Middle – Rockcastle County Rockcastle County High –...

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USC members attend conference

The second week of September 2014 was the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. The UNITE Service Corps, along with other AmeriCorps groups in Kentucky, attended the 20th Anniversary Conference hosted by the Kentucky Commission of Community and Volunteer Service (KCCVS). The conference was held September 10-12 at the Galt House in Louisville. The USC team was instrumental in arranging for...

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Polson to attend Harlan SHND

Four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson will join fellow University of Kentucky alum Jeff Sheppard for the final UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp in Harlan County on Thursday, July 10. “We are excited to have a player of Jarrod Polson’s character to join Jeff Sheppard for our Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camp,” said Dan Smoot, UNITE president/CEO. “His attitude toward the...

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First SHND camps draw 351 youth

LONDON – At some point, there will be a temptation to take drugs, Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers told participants at the start of Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp in Laurel County Monday evening. “You need to stay away from drugs. Can you do that?” Rogers asked, noting that “playing sports is a great way to stay busy and out of...

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SHND camps conclude July 7-10

The last of Operation UNITE’s regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps this summer will be held the second week of July. Conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard, the camps are free to any school-aged youth. Three camps will be conducted over a four-day stretch: Monday, July 7, at Johnson County Middle School, 251 South Mayo Trail in Paintsville; Tuesday, July 8,...

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