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So far Jessie Whitish has created 41 blog entries.

Summer Safety: From the Halls of the Capitol to the Halls of Your Home

As a parent, I know that summer is rife with opportunities to fret about my kid’s safety. From the pool to the playground, the backseat to the backyard, I have to watch him like a hawk while teaching him lessons that will help him learn to keep himself safe. Because drowning is deemed the greatest risk of death for children ages one to four years old by The National Safety Council, I am teaching my son [...]

By | 2018-07-03T17:25:08+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Five Minutes, Your Feedback, and Brighter Futures for Kentucky Kids

We at Kentucky Youth Advocates believe that Kentucky can become the best place in America to be young and that we should settle for nothing less. Over the past several legislative sessions, the Kentucky General Assembly and state government have taken significant steps to improve the lives of children in the Commonwealth, and we are excited about those wins for kids. Yet, we still have a long way to go until all children in Kentucky [...]

Thank You! The Cheers for Children 2018 Celebration

Last week Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted the Cheers for Children 2018 Celebration, presented by Kosair Charities®, to celebrate progress for kids during this year’s legislative session and to honor community advocates who helped make that progress happen. Thank you to all of the Kentucky Youth Advocates friends and supporters who joined in the celebration! View photos from the event below. In the 2018 legislative session, four Kentucky Youth Advocates and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills [...]

By | 2018-06-01T11:58:03+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Because of Advocates Like You: Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Policy Wins

When it comes to the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities, kids won in Frankfort during the 2018 legislative session. Because of advocates like you, the following Blueprint priorities are awaiting the Governor’s signature: HB 1. Every child deserves a family, and House Bill 1—sponsored by Representatives David Meade and Joni Jenkins—upholds that ideal by strengthening supports to help keep families together safely and, when that’s not possible, addressing timelines for adoption cases so that [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on House Appropriations and Revenue Committee’s Proposed Subcommittee Budgets

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We are encouraged by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee's proposed Kentucky subcommittee budgets as they embrace a myriad of opportunities to improve the lives and futures of Kentucky kids and families. From revenue to expenditures, the overall proposals represent a courageous commitment to Kentucky kids. We applaud Chairman Rudy and all members of the committee and subcommittees for [...]

By | 2018-02-28T20:35:44+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 1 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today the Kentucky House has taken a bold step forward in protecting Kentucky kids and putting those kids and families on a path to a brighter, safer, more caring future. We applaud the Kentucky House for prioritizing kids with HB 1, which sets forth a comprehensive plan for strengthening how Kentucky supports children impacted by abuse and neglect. This [...]

By | 2018-02-28T14:52:54+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

New Infographics Promote Solution to End Tobacco Use Among Teens and Pregnant Women

Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. In Kentucky, tobacco takes a toll on the health of children, teens, and pregnant women, but viable solutions exist to end tobacco use. Increasing the tobacco tax by at least $1 is a proven method to prevent teens from starting to smoke and prompts pregnant women to quit smoking. Because it supports a healthy [...]

By | 2018-02-26T16:55:07+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Blog, Health|

Children’s Advocacy Day: The Ripple Effect

Just over two weeks have passed since Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol, and we continue to see the impact of that day on legislators grow and grow. Advocates, you made your presence known and made your voice heard when you asked legislators to make kids their priority! From the rally to individual legislator meetings, from committee hearings to follow-up phone calls, you—the nearly 700 advocates who came to Frankfort—kept kids at the top [...]

By | 2018-02-02T10:41:05+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Blog|

Healthy Kids, Strong Kids, Successful Kids: Children’s Advocacy Day Art 2018

Children’s Advocacy Day is an opportunity for youth across Kentucky to connect with legislators, share their stories, and advocate for policy changes that will give them a brighter future. One way that young people are seen and heard during Children’s Advocacy Day is in the tunnel that connects the Capitol Building to the Legislative Annex; each year advocates hang posters in the tunnel featuring art and quotes from Kentucky kids. This year, in partnership with [...]

By | 2018-01-31T16:09:47+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Blog, Health|

Get Ready, Get Set: Children’s Advocacy Day and the Advocate Checklist

COMING SOON: THE 2018 KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY In less than a month, on January 2nd, the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly will begin. In just over a month, more than 1,000 advocates—teachers, social workers, youth, judges, and more—will pack the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort and ask our leaders to prioritize kids in their decisions. Join those advocates at the 14th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 18th! Learn more and register to [...]