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So far Amy Swann has created 46 blog entries.

A Deeper Look at the National KIDS COUNT Data Book

On Tuesday, we co-released with the Annie E. Casey Foundation the national 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book – considered by many to be the gold standard for measuring child well-being across the nation. Our press release highlights some of the Kentucky data found in the book, and you can view all of the Kentucky data, as well as information showing how each metric has changed since the start of the recession, in Kentucky’s state profile. [...]

By | 2015-07-23T12:26:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Failure to Launch

Back in 2012, we co-released a report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation – Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adults Connections to Opportunity – which looked at the state of disconnected youth (those not enrolled in school or working, even part-time). We found that the number of disconnected youth ages 16-24 in Kentucky had jumped 49 percent from 2000 to 2011. This startling statistic had grave implications for our state’s future success – [...]

By | 2015-07-14T11:22:40+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Kids Count|

Is Your Childhood Address the Key to Moving Up the Income Ladder?

Social mobility is at the heart of the American dream – the belief and hope that through hard work one can move up the economic ladder of success. We know that social mobility has remained relatively stable over the entire second half of the twentieth century, but that’s not necessarily a good thing, because it has been persistently low. For example, 70 percent of people born into the bottom fifth of the income distribution (the [...]

By | 2015-06-03T11:26:30+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education|

Volunteering: A Key to Happiness

The very definition of volunteerism is to offer oneself for some service or undertaking, which sounds like the least selfish act possible. However, research has found that when you do good for others, there are plenty of perks in it for you, too. Read the list below to get inspired to lend a helping hand during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18). Ten personal reasons to volunteer: You’ll feel great – When you donate to charity, the [...]

Proud to Be an “Upstream” Social Worker

March is National Social Work Month. To celebrate the field of social work and social workers themselves, I want to share with you a parable that illustrates the importance of the profession whose primary mission is “to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” Anyone who has received a degree in [...]

Apply Today for the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute

It takes many voices to make sure the system of juvenile justice--including courts, the Department of Juvenile Justice, law enforcement, and other stakeholders--is working for kids, families, and the community. The perspectives and input of individuals of color bring a critical voice to the table, as youth of color are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Now is a critical time for a diverse group of stakeholders as Kentucky's system of juvenile justice implements major [...]

By | 2015-03-19T10:16:20+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Blog, Youth Justice|

A Profoundly Different Look at Child Poverty Rates

Last week, Kentucky Youth Advocates released a new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States. That title is admittedly dry, and its focus – the Supplemental Poverty Measure – is a difficult to explain methodology for calculating poverty. However, there is something we can all get excited about in the study, namely evidence of the impact anti-poverty programs and tax policies are having [...]

By | 2015-03-05T16:08:13+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count|

The Double Whammy of Secondhand Smoke for Women

Kentucky Youth Advocates last blogged about the health effects of secondhand smoke on Kentuckians on November 20 – the day of the Great American Smokeout, and the day that Gov. Beshear's recent executive order took effect to eliminate secondhand smoke and prohibit the use of all tobacco products inside approx. 3,000 state government buildings and outside on their campuses. Now that the 2015 General Assembly has begun, discussion and debates on a bill for a [...]

By | 2015-01-07T10:52:55+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Tips and Tricks for Accessing Our KIDS COUNT Data Online

A year and a half ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation – the creator of the national KIDS COUNT project – unveiled a new and improved online Data Center to house the thousands of indicators of child and family well-being they, and their KIDS COUNT groups across the states (like Kentucky Youth Advocates), collect and make available for policymakers, service providers, researchers, and child advocates like you. Figuring out how to use the new Data Center is well worth [...]

Youth Justice in Focus – Part One: Jailing Youth for Status Offense Behaviors

  Kentucky’s Changing Use of Incarceration for Status Offenses Kentucky has seen a steady decline in the practice of putting youth in juvenile jails (officially called secure juvenile detention centers) for status offenses (things like skipping school or running away from home) since peaking in 2007. In fact, use of this practice has fallen by 52 percent from 2007 to 2012. This is great news given the use of incarceration is the most expensive and [...]

By | 2013-08-21T13:54:25+00:00 August 21st, 2013|Blog, Youth Justice|