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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 363 blog entries.

Special Episode: Diving Into the KY House Budget Proposal

On this special episode, Terry Brooks reflects on the Kentucky House state budget proposal as it pertains to children’s issues, discusses elements in which we hope to see further investment in kids as it moves to the Senate, and outlines what to expect in the budget process in the final weeks of the Kentucky General Assembly. Learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children budget priorities. [...]

By |2020-03-10T18:52:10-04:00March 11th, 2020|Podcast|

Statement on the Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Leaders in Frankfort frequently talk about our biennial state budget as really being a priority and value document rather than just a dollars and cents proposition. And the good news is the budget proposed by the Kentucky House, which passed the House floor with bipartisan agreement last week, places a strong priority on children and families. Among the [...]

Guest Post: Early Childhood Educators Have an Important Role to Play in the 2020 Census

This blog was originally written by Deborah Stein for the Count All Kids Campaign in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This spring, early childhood educators can help secure crucial funding and reduce inequities for the next decade when they work to count all young children in the 2020 Census. When all young children are counted, their communities then get their fair share of over 800 billion dollars a year [...]

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Not How We Build Resilient Students

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on February 28, 2020.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Folk wisdom versus folk myths always intrigue me. For instance, which of these statements are true? Toilet flushes spin in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than human mouths. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Salty water boils more quickly. Bats are blind. The Great Wall of [...]

By |2020-03-05T17:36:14-05:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

“How are 12-year-olds getting vapes?”

Senate Bill 56 aims to protect Kentucky youth from e-cigarettes and other harmful tobacco products and would ensure Kentucky complies with the federal minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products and eliminate purchase, use, and possession penalties for youth up to age 21 so children and teens can grow into healthier adults. This week bill passed The House Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting a vote by the full Kentucky House.   By Abbi Stratton Abbi Stratton, a student at Graves County High School and a member of the [...]

By |2020-03-05T17:28:28-05:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Health|

2020 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 628

Blueprint Legislative Priority Prioritize Investments for Children who have Experienced Abuse and Neglect by Supporting Kinship Caregivers House Bill 628 would ensure, in part, that kinship caregivers receive information about child-specific foster homes and the supports available, as well as immediate receipt of the one-time Relative Placement Support Benefit. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet. Status HB 628 is sponsored by Representative David Meade. It has [...]

By |2020-03-25T11:10:03-04:00March 4th, 2020|Bill Tracker|

Statement on SB 56 Passing the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates As much as we don’t want to believe it, children and teens often rely on friends or relatives close in age to get harmful tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. We applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56, which seeks to codify in state law the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to [...]

By |2020-03-04T12:29:40-05:00March 4th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Senator Max Wise, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee

Terry Brooks sits down with Senator Max Wise, who chairs the Education Committee for the Kentucky Senate, in Frankfort to discuss ongoing efforts to improve school safety, changes in school accountability and assessment measures, state budget decisions, and more. Stay up-to-date on state policies that are good for kids on our bill tracker.

By |2020-02-27T13:49:11-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Podcast|

2020 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 135

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 135 Define Sexual Contact Summary SB 135 would strengthen the definition of "sexual contact" to further protect children and other victims in cases against perpetrators of sexual abuse. Status SB 135 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Passed Senate Committee

By |2020-02-28T00:11:06-05:00February 28th, 2020|Bill Tracker|