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So far Amy Swann has created 46 blog entries.

Restorative justice practices for youth

When I first learned of Restorative Justice in 2009 I could tell from descriptions that it was, by design, a much more holistic and thoughtful approach to dealing with youth misbehaviors and criminal activity than our current system of juvenile justice. So, I jumped at the opportunity to hear an expert on Restorative Justice speak at Bellarmine University in November 2009. The expert, Allan MacRae, was overseeing Family Group Conferences for Youth Justice and Care [...]

By | 2013-08-20T08:37:04+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Blog, Youth Justice|

“There has to be a better way”

“There has been a steady refrain from those who have testified before us…that there has to be a better way.” That was a quote from Representative John Tilley, co-chair of the Unified Juvenile Code Task Force, in the Sunday Courier-Journal story on Kentucky’s use of incarceration of children for things such as skipping school and running away from home. The story highlights the progress made on this issue (the trend line is going in the [...]

By | 2013-08-01T10:28:07+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Blog, Youth Justice|

Introducing the new and improved KIDS COUNT Data Center

Monday not only marked the public release of the 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book, it also included the unveiling of the new and improved KIDS COUNT Data Center by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Center is now easier to use, featuring an improved search tool, easier tools to make maps and charts, and better ways to customize and share materials on social media. For those not familiar with the KIDS COUNT Data [...]

Can we commit to a ten percent plan?

Yesterday’s blog post focused on some of the new Kentucky data portrayed in the 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. I pointed out some of the child well-being indicators our state is moving backwards on and the fact that not all of the apparent good news is all good news. Given that we have a lot of room for improvement, I wondered what child well-being in the Commonwealth [...]

By | 2013-06-25T12:52:12+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Good news, bad news for Kentucky’s kids

The 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation paints a fairly comprehensive picture of how Kentucky’s children and youth are faring and tells us whether Kentucky has been moving in the right direction on important indicators of child well-being. The Data Book measures child well-being through 16 indicators, with 4 indicators in each of these 4 domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. What is quickly [...]

By | 2013-06-24T16:56:40+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

KIDS COUNT Data Center Version 2.0 Coming Soon!

We hope that you have been using the KIDS COUNT Data Center to see how the children in your county and state are faring on hundreds of indicators of child well-being. If you have used the Data Center, then you know that it not only gives you the opportunity to view data for a wide range of indicators of economic security, education, health, safety and risky behaviors, but it also gives you the ability to [...]

Child Abuse Prevention Month: We Can All Face It and Make a Difference

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – commonly marked by citizens rallying across the Commonwealth and the nation to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse in our communities. Yesterday, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined Kosair Charities and several other partners at Slugger Field in Louisville for a rally to end child abuse. The rally also served as the official launch of the Face It campaign, a ten-year initiative led by Kosair Charities to end [...]

By | 2013-04-10T16:15:11+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

The third annual Kentucky Literacy Celebration week is next week, March 4-8. The result of collaboration among several literacy/education institutions and Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear, Kentucky Literacy Celebration is intended to highlight the issue of literacy in Kentucky, celebrate accomplishments made, and focus on the challenges we still face as a state. Kentucky Youth Advocates is spreading the word because we know how vital reading proficiency is – to overall school achievement, to the [...]

By | 2013-02-26T12:12:00+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Blog, Education|

FREE Upcoming Bullying/Violence Prevention Curriculum Workshop

If you work for a public school in Kentucky you’ve probably already heard, but we want to make sure after-school programs and summer camps are also in the know about a free bullying/violence prevention workshop taking place April 10 at Murray State University. The Kentucky Center for School Safety, Murray State University Center for Environmental Education, MSU College of Education, and MSU Regional Outreach are sponsoring a full-day training by Operation Respect. Operation Respect is a non-profit organization founded [...]

By | 2013-02-05T00:00:05+00:00 February 5th, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Important Notice Regarding the Chronic Absenteeism Data in 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) was just informed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) that the chronic absenteeism data provided by KDE in the recently released 2012 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book is inaccurate for all school districts. KYA has taken the chronic absenteeism data off of our online KIDS COUNT Data Center until the corrected data is provided by KDE. KYA has also put a hold on fulfilling book request orders until this [...]

By | 2013-01-29T15:10:57+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Blog, Education|