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.
 
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 17 school districts across 15 counties during the 2018-19 school year. List will be available mid-August 2018.
 

For More Information

kincer_melinda_2015_web  Melinda Kincer at mkincer@centertech.com or 606-386-9077.
little_marionette-web  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.
 

Showing youth the right way to have fun


 

Photos & Stories about the UNITE Service Corps

  • 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.
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