Schools encouraged to register UNITE Clubs for 2021-22

Sponsored - UNITE Clubs – designed for students in grades 4-12 – help youth develop healthy attitudes and behaviors by learning and practicing life skills, enhancing academic performance, connecting peers, adults, communities and learning through service. Youth are involved in developing and conducting activities designed to help make their schools and communities healthy and drug-free as well as mentoring younger students.

About UNITE Clubs

Operation UNITE recommends that clubs be broken down by grades – elementary, middle and high – because children are often more comfortable around others of the same age. Club members agree to educate themselves and their peers in the importance of remaining drug free, and to help raise awareness about the dangers of illegal substance abuse and all the issues that surround drug abuse.

Registered UNITE Clubs can be reimbursed up to $500 per school year for allowable resources to assist with projects and activities. Each club must participate in:

At least one club activity of their choice

At least one mentoring activity

At least one community service project

UNITE Clubs operate like any other club or organization. They must be authorized through the principal and have a school staff member assigned as a sponsor. Clubs should meet at least monthly during pre-approved school times or in an after-school setting if transportation is provided.

No student should be denied membership because of past drug use or reputation. In fact, discussions of past drug use is strongly discouraged; the most important consideration is that all members be committed to being drug-free.

While the challenges of youth development are both immense and complex, school systems have an ability to instill deep, lasting changes in people’s lives. Research shows that teens are starting to experiment with drugs at earlier ages. Every young person is at risk.

The use of illicit drugs has serious costs for young people. It not only affects judgment and can lead to involvement in other risky actions, but it can also impair a young person’s ability to reach his or her goals by slowing academic progress, impairing athletic performance and affecting the ability to function in the workplace.

UNITE Clubs of the Year

UNITE Club”UNITE Club of the Year” winners for the 2019-20 school year have been selected. Each of the 10 winning clubs were chosen for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments as submitted in a scrapbook showing their activities, service projects, and mentoring activities completed by club members throughout the school year.

These winning clubs are eligible for an additional $500 in funding during the 2020-21 school year:

Belfry High School (Pike County)

Evarts Elementary (Harlan County)

Cumberland Middle School (Harlan County)

May Valley Elementary School (Floyd County)

Rockcastle County High School (Rockcastle County)

Rockcastle County Middle School (Rockcastle County)

Roundstone Elementary School (Rockcastle County)

Valley Elementary School (Pike County)

Waynesburg Elementary School (Lincoln County)

W.B. Muncy Middle School (Leslie County)