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So far Jessie Whitish has created 53 blog entries.

15th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol: Advocates and Leaders say “Let’s Find Common Ground for Kids!”

For the past 15 years, Children’s Advocacy Day has grown from a small group of committed advocates with a big idea, to a huge group of advocates—and state leaders—with even bigger commitments to Kentucky kids. This week nearly 900 advocates, including more than 200 youth, came to Frankfort to ask their legislators to make kids the commonwealth’s top priority. Some of those advocates made long drives or brought newborn babies or courageously met with [...]

Thank You for Sharing Your Ideas for Kids!

A few weeks ago, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates reached out to advocates like you and asked you to provide input on the greatest challenges facing Kentucky kids today—and the policy changes that our state government could make to address these challenges. Your feedback is invaluable as Blueprint for Kentucky's Children partners continue to develop the 2019 policy agenda. More than 130 advocates filled out the survey, representing counties across the commonwealth and many sectors [...]

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 |2018-08-01T12:21:50-04:00July 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 |2018-06-01T11:58:03-04:00April 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 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 |2018-02-28T20:35:44-05:00February 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 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 |2018-02-28T14:52:54-05:00February 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 |2018-02-26T16:55:07-05:00February 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 |2018-02-02T10:41:05-05:00February 1st, 2018|Blog|