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So far Jessie Whitish has created 46 blog entries.

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 |2018-02-28T14:52:54-04:00February 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 |2018-02-26T16:55:07-04:00February 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 |2018-02-02T10:41:05-04:00February 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 |2018-01-31T16:09:47-04:00January 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 [...]

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 |2017-03-23T16:51:08-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor

While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, SB 236, and HB 180—are on their way to the Governor’s desk. One final legislative priority—SB 120—has passed both chambers, and we expect that it will get through its final concurrence and be on its [...]

First Blueprint Bill of 2017 General Assembly Ready for Governor’s Signature!

Each legislative session there’s a special moment that advocates (on behalf of kids) can celebrate: The moment when the first Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children bill heads to the Governor’s desk. This week we had that moment, as HB 180 passed the Senate. That bill, sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner, unanimously passed both chambers and will allow close family friends—also known as fictive kin—to serve as kinship caregivers. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will [...]

By |2017-03-01T15:38:52-04:00March 1st, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Thank You Advocates, Youth, and Elected Leaders for Rallying for Kentucky Kids

What a day, advocates! You rallied, you met with legislators, you packed committee hearings, you tweeted. Your legislators heard you when you asked them to make kids their priority. As rally speaker Tessa Bowling said in her opening speech, “We are leaders, and we have a voice. We are here today to ignite change.” We are still tallying, but it looks like yesterday’s Children’s Advocacy Day was the biggest yet. Thank you to the hundreds [...]

By |2017-02-10T10:00:26-04:00February 10th, 2017|Blog|