The state of Kentucky is the recipient of $3.7 million to support community service projects. The AmeriCorps funding goes to 12 programs, many serving southeast Kentucky. Operation Unite Education Director Debbie Trusty says a $543,000 grant allows 44 AmeriCorps workers to meet one on one with school children and provide math tutoring and drug prevention education. "The program gives them activities to be able to be involved in where they can take a stand in their school and be a leader and practice drug resistance skills with a group of like-minded students," said Trusty.
Trusty says the AmeriCorp members meet with elementary aged children. She says the grant helps with the UNITE Service Corps in 12 southeastern Kentucky counties. "It is a program that if we had a hundred members we could place them because so many of the counties want them,” added Trusty. “But, it has been a very impactful program."
Trusty says the tutoring is conducted during the school day throughout the academic year. She says the program has been in place for eight years.