KY AmeriCorps

Kentucky AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE provide math tutoring and drug prevention education to elementary school students using the “Too Good for Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10” wellness curricula.
 
UNITE will engage 54 Kentucky AmeriCorps members at elementary schools in 15 counties within its service region during the 2018-19 school year.
Read story  |  View photos from orientations
View WYMT TV story (8-21-18)
 
The “Too Good for Drugs” program has been found to be effective in decreasing a youth’s intention to use alcohol or other drugs and to increase negative attitudes about using alcohol and drugs. “Take 10” integrates movement with core curriculum concepts and includes nutrition education and physical activity lessons.
 
In addition, Kentucky AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE volunteer as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs in their schools and recruit volunteers for school-based prevention programs.
 

Making A Difference: A National Model

UNITE first began working with the Kentucky AmeriCorps program in May 2006 through a partnership with Eastern Kentucky University. UNITE launched its own “UNITE Service Corps” initiative during the 2008-09 school year with 10 AmeriCorps members.
 
The UNITE initiative quickly expanded and was heralded “as a model to other rural counties across the country” in October 2012 by the head of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which directs the AmeriCorps initiative across the United States.
 
Success of the UNITE AmeriCorps initiative is determined through pre- and post-test surveys evaluated by the University of Kentucky. During the 2016-17 school year, the last year for which data is available:

  • 2,564 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students showed an average growth of 56.5% in math knowledge.
  • 3,038 students were taught the science-based “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” wellness curricula. Test scores for these students showed an average growth of 51.3% in drug education and healthy decision-making knowledge.
  • All of the Service Corps members were state certified in disaster and emergency response by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, enabling them to become leaders on local disaster response teams when the need arises.
  • Each member sponsored or co-sponsored a UNITE Clubs at their school.

 
Kentucky AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky (formerly the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.


 

2018-19 AmeriCorps Members Serving With UNITE

UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools in 18 school districts across 16 counties during the 2018-19 school year. As of 8-28-18 some positions are still being finalized.

CARTER COUNTY

  Miranda Yates
Heritage Elementary
  Andrea Holbrook
Olive Hill Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Cole Brammer
Prichard Elementary
 
  Abby White
Tygart Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  To be determined
Carter City Elementary
 

FLOYD COUNTY

  Summer Hall
Prestonsburg Elementary
  Brandi Fitzpatrick
May Valley Elementary
 

HARLAN COUNTY

  Mary Bush
Black Mountain Elementary
  Destinee Jenkins
Cumberland Elementary
  Melissa Daniels
James A. Cawood Elementary
 
  Carol Sparks
Evarts Elementary
   

HARLAN INDEPENDENT

  Diane Middleton
Harlan Elementary
   

JENKINS INDEPENDENT

  Devin Newsome
Jenkins Elementary
   

JOHNSON COUNTY

  Heather Gauze
Central Elementary
  Truman Salyer
Flat Gap Elementary
  Cherysh J. Workman
W.R. Castle Elementary
 
  Melissa Davis
Highland Elementary
  Jennifer Salyer
Porter Elementary
 

LAUREL COUNTY

  Doris Howard
Hunter Hills Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  To be determined
Hazel Green Elementary
  Jennifer Hampton
Keavy Elementary

LESLIE COUNTY

  Crystal Melton
Hayes Lewis Elementary
  Stacy Maggard
Mountain View Elementary
  Brittany Shell
Stinnett Elementary
 
  Jonathan Bray
W.B. Muncy Elementary
   

LETCHER COUNTY

  Carrie Dixon
Cowan Elementary
   

LINCOLN COUNTY

americorps_mug_placeholder-web  To be determined
Crab Orchard Elementary
americorps_mug_placeholder-web  To be determined
Highland Elementary
  Kendra Singleton
Hustonville Elementary
 
  Kathy Richardson
Stanford Elementary
  Melissa Linkes
Waynesburg Elementary
 

MORGAN COUNTY

  Brittni Lewis
Wrigley Elementary
   

OWSLEY COUNTY

americorps_mug_placeholder-web  To be determined
Owsley Elementary
   

PIKE COUNTY

  Nora Lester
Belfry Elementary
  Courtney Case
Bevins Elementary
  Abigail Smallwood
Dorton Elementary
 
  J.J. Morgan
Elkhorn City Elementary
  Clarence Hunt
Feds Creek Elementary
  Aaron Hunt
Johns Creek Elementary
 
  Summer Pugh
Millard Elementary
  Jessica Hall
Mullins Elementary
  Ashley Bentley
Phelps Elementary
 
  Rachel Tackett
Valley Elementary
   

PULASKI COUNTY

  Jill Stone
Nancy Elementary
  Somer Schmidt
Southern Elementary
 

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY

  Tara Mink
Mt. Vernon Elementary
  Skylar Holcomb
Roundstone Elementary
 

SOMERSET INDEPENDENT

  Megan Burchett
Hopkins Elementary
 

WAYNE COUNTY

  Natalie Spencer
Monticello Elementary
 

WOLFE COUNTY

  Cynthia Tapley
Campton Elementary
  Brett Denniston
Red River Valley Elementary
  Tiffany Drake
Rogers Elementary

For More Information

  Melinda Kincer at mkincer@centertech.com or 606-386-9077.
  Marionette Little at mlittle@centertech.com or 865-387-5341.
  Kellie Thompson at kthompson@centertech.com or 606-794-3938.
trusty_debbie-2014-web  Debbie Trusty at dtrusty@centertech.com or 606-889-0422.
 

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Photos & Stories about the UNITE Service Corps

  • Operation UNITE receives $680,000 from AmeriCorps. View WYMT TV story. 8-21-18
  • 54 AmeriCorps members will serve with UNITE to provide math tutoring, drug prevention education. Read story. 8-9-18
  • Training on the “Too Good For Drugs” curriculum used by UNITE Service Corps members was conducted by the Mendez Foundation View photos. 10-26-16
  • UNITE Service Corps members for the 2016-17 school year attended orientation in Pikeville on September 6, 2016, and in London on October 18, 2016. View photos. 10-18-16
  • UNITE Service Corps presents “Above and Beyond” awards during a 2015-16 year-end celebration held June 9, 2016, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story and View photos. 6-9-16
  • UNITE Service Corps receives funding for 44 AmeriCorps members in 2015-16 school year. Read story.
  • The UNITE Service Corps held a 2014-15 year-end celebration at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg on June 4, 2015. View photos. 6-4-16
  • USC members attend AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary conference. Read story and View photos 9-12-14
  • Service, accomplishments recognized at year-end celebration. Read story and View photos 5-27-14
  • The UNITE Service Corps has received funding for 44 AmeriCorps members for the 2014-15 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. Read story. 5-5-14
  • UNITE Service Corps expected to set record with holiday food drive collections. Read story 11-7-13
  • Wolfe County “Stuff The Bus” food drive results in largest donation ever to food pantry. View the WYMT news story. 10-29-13
  • In May 2012, the UNITE Service Corps initiative was honored for the second time in two years with the “Governor’s Citation” for its excellent leadership and service by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Read story about the Governor’s Citation.
  • View photos from the year-end celebration conducted May 23, 2013, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story about that event.