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So far Jessie Whitish has created 39 blog entries.

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 | 2018-04-26T21:11:53+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 [...]

Celebrate “Cool” Wins for Kids this Summer

Summer is here! As Kentuckians, we can certainly count on experiencing hot and humid weather and can hopefully count on enjoying cool treats and days playing in the sprinkler. Another certainty we can count on during the Kentucky summer is the implementation of bills that were signed into law during the General Assembly. The Kentucky Constitution states that new laws go into effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. The 2017 regular session adjourned [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:01:08+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Youth Justice|

Celebrating Youth Who Speak Up for Youth

Throughout this legislative session we have celebrated many champions—legislators for sponsoring bills, Blueprint partners for spreading the word about kids’ issues, advocates for calling their elected officials on behalf of kids, and more—but another group of champions deserves our applause: the kids themselves. Young leaders have been vital throughout the legislative session in initiating legislation, communicating with decision-makers, and rallying for results. You will hear from the youth themselves in blogs in the coming weeks, [...]

By | 2017-03-23T16:51:08+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|