Manchester, Ky. - Members of the Clay County UNITED Coalition were honored for their anti-drug education and prevention efforts with youth during a celebration luncheon held May 5.
Youth programs once again take center stage, but this time with a twist. Clay County’s coalition has implemented many creative – and successful – initiatives. Their “Star Attendance Reward Program” has resulted in school attendance increasing 2 percent. The coalition assists in sponsoring the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports program in the county schools.
A district-wide in-school archery program impacts nearly 800 youth, with nearly 200 also involved in after-school competition.
In addition, churches offer the Center Shot Archery Program. Volunteers recently began a free Youth and Parent Impact Kayak Club using a science-based curriculum.
The coalition also supports a “Hooked On Golf” program that includes classroom substance abuse education. A drug prevention drama club develops, produces and presents skits and videos to schools and community gatherings. And, most recently, the coalition began implementing an Impact Outdoor Camping/Hiking Project that will include the Project Alert Drug Awareness and Education curriculum.
For their efforts at promoting drug prevention and education in a unique way, UNITE presents the Clay County UNITED Coalition with the Project Innovation Award.
Accepting the award from Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale were Clay County UNITED Coalition Co-Chairs Danielle Adams Collins and Melanda Adams.