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Advocates Gather in Frankfort for Children’s Advocacy Day

Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including over 150 children and youth, convened in Frankfort today for the 14th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They urged elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. “Today, youth, faith leaders, teachers, social works, pediatricians, elected leaders, and many others unite to ask our leaders to make Kentucky children a priority during the 2018 legislative session and [...]

By | 2018-01-19T09:44:49+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Justice, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

Nearly 1,000 Youth and Advocates Join Governor Bevin, President Stivers and Other Elected Leaders for 14th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org (o) 502-895-8167 *122 (c) 859-496-5524 JEFFERSONTOWN, KY – Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including over 150 children and youth, are convening in Frankfort today for the 14th annual Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. "Today, youth, faith leaders, teachers, social works, pediatricians, elected leaders, and many others unite to ask our [...]

By | 2018-01-18T10:54:17+00:00 January 18th, 2018|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The real takeaway from tonight’s address from Governor Matt Bevin is a question: What kind of commonwealth do we want to be? Is it one in which needed protections for kids are absent and a rising tide of poverty is pervasive? A place where families struggle to stay together and early investments for kids fall to the wayside? Or will [...]

By | 2018-01-16T20:47:07+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Economic Security, Education, Health, Justice, News Room, Youth Justice|

Elected Leaders, Youth, and Advocates to Gather for Children’s Advocacy Day on Thurs, Jan 18

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Elected Leaders Join Youth and Advocates for Rally on Behalf of Kentucky Children Thursday, January 18 at 10 am Jeffersontown, KY – Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky will gather in Frankfort on Thursday, January 18, 2018 for Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They will urge legislators and other elected officials to make Kentucky children a priority during the 2018 legislative session and while crafting the state budget by supporting the Blueprint for Kentucky's [...]

By | 2018-01-15T22:20:50+00:00 January 15th, 2018|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CMS Approval of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky’s Medicaid Program. The key to this significant policy change’s success or failure lies in its implementation. Kentucky HEALTH’s initial roll-out and on-going administration must be family-centric. When it comes to this – or any policy – our question [...]

By | 2018-01-12T14:36:02+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Health, News Room|

New Year, New Legislative Session, New Website

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org New Year, New Legislative Session, New Website Jeffersontown, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates is excited to announce the launch of our refreshed website, which will provide a wealth of resources throughout the 2018 legislative session. The new website has been designed to provide advocates with improved navigation and functionality across the site. The refreshed layout offers quick and easy access to a variety of tools and resources that allow advocates to [...]

By | 2018-01-10T11:10:38+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Kids Count, News Room|

The Countdown is On: Children’s Advocacy Day is January 18th!

The 2018 Kentucky legislative session is well underway, which means the annual Children’s Advocacy Day (CAD) at the Capitol is just around the corner. Review these tips and reminders for before, during, and after Children’s Advocacy Day on January 18th: Before January 18th: If you haven’t already done so, register you and your group for CAD HERE. Watch the advocacy 101 and CAD prep webinar to be confident in attending CAD and advocating on behalf [...]

By | 2018-01-11T11:14:15+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Blog|

Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Priorities

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children stands on three cornerstones: Thriving communities launch strong families. Strong families launch successful kids. Successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. We’re launching the 2018 Blueprint policy priorities with partners from across the state with those three cornerstones in mind. We invite you to learn more about the Blueprint priorities and how to get involved. Check out the 2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities. Read the fact sheets for [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:39:34+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Coming Soon: 2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Next Tuesday, June 13th, Kentucky Youth Advocates co-releases the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book includes data on all 50 states, and you can see how Kentucky is faring on 16 key indicators of child well-being. You can find the book on our website next week, and you can be the first to know about the book by signing up for email alerts and following us on Facebook and Twitter. Once [...]

By | 2017-06-06T14:23:59+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: Celebrating Youth and 2017 Wins

Last weekend, young leaders from across the state came together to celebrate their first year as the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC). First Lady Glenna Bevin initiated the Council last spring with a focus on empowering youth in the improvement of policies and practices related to the child welfare system and helping more kids have a safe and loving home. The FLYLC met with Glenda Wright, the president of Voices of the Commonwealth. Glenda [...]

By | 2017-05-25T09:45:59+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Blog, Safety|