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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 408 blog entries.

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Reopening and Future of Child Care

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks reflects on current events, confronting racism, and Kentucky Youth Advocates' recommitment to focusing on the impact of systemic racism on public policy and listening and learning from impacted communities. We also discuss the reopening of child care across Kentucky, including the anticipated impact on child care providers, families, and businesses and the continued advocacy needed so the sector can serve children. Listen to the conversation [...]

By |2020-06-03T21:40:43-04:00June 4th, 2020|Podcast|

A Recommitment to Doing Our Part in Confronting Racism

Kentucky Youth Advocates is serious when we assert a vision to “make Kentucky the best place in America to be young.” And yet, we know that vision is elusive as long as a child’s skin color still shapes their opportunity to thrive. And we know that is still true in Kentucky. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery deserve condemnation by anyone with a heart and a brain. And yet as [...]

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on K-12 Education

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our conversation on K-12 education with advocates from across the state, including Penny Christian, president of the 16th District PTA in Lexington; Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, Dean of the Bellarmine University School of Education; Brent McKim, President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association; and, Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, Executive Director of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative. They discuss the realities of Non-Traditional Instruction, students' academic achievement, the [...]

By |2020-05-28T07:48:32-04:00May 28th, 2020|Podcast|

Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on Families’ Economic Security

Last updated May 29, 2020 Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, children experienced varying rates of family poverty and food insecurity, which has been further jeopardized by the public health crisis. The latest Kentucky KIDS COUNT data show that over 1 in 10 Kentucky children lived in deep poverty and nearly 1 in 5 in a food insecure households. Expanding access to food, housing, and other assistance programs and extending these after the public health emergency [...]

By |2020-06-04T17:26:38-04:00May 21st, 2020|Blog, Economic Security|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Terry Brooks was joined this week on an Advocate Virtual Forum by Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, to discuss the future of education and workforce–and more. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood [...]

By |2020-05-21T09:33:08-04:00May 21st, 2020|Podcast|

Kentucky Youth L.E.A.D

By Nellie Ellis Over the past few years, youth across the commonwealth have had leadership roles in many of Kentucky Youth Advocates’ biggest initiatives. The youth have been some of the most influential voices for Kentucky’s kids and families and have been extraordinary advocates for themselves and others.  I am proudly one of these voices. However, as we started to face the unprecedented circumstances of a pandemic, many of these young leaders like myself [...]

Statement on Beshear Administration Allowing HANDS Home Visiting Services via Telehealth

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unparalleled challenges for families and obligations for our leaders. Today, the Beshear Administration took pragmatic action by answering the call of advocates to enact emergency regulations for the HANDS home visiting service during this unprecedented public health emergency. Even in “normal” circumstances, parenting is tough, and the lack of knowledge of how to ensure a healthy [...]

By |2020-05-21T12:11:56-04:00May 20th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

Teen Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

By Beatrice Roussell I was sitting in the trunk of my car – 6 feet away from two of my best friends – eating McAllister’s. They looked at me with admiration and asked, “How are you doing?” I knew what they were referring to: my eating disorder. As someone who is in recovery from a severe eating disorder (ED), the idea of quarantine sounded like a relapse danger-zone. With so much time and not a [...]

By |2020-05-14T16:17:11-04:00May 14th, 2020|Blog, Health|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Youth In and Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Nikki Thornton, Director of Program Operations at True Up, and Tia Humphrey, a member of the Voices of the Commonwealth. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting young people in or transitioning out of foster care and the supports they need to stay healthy and safe during this time. Join a virtual support group with VOC members every Friday at 3 PM CT/4 PM ET. RSVP [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:11-04:00May 12th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Abby Drane, President & CEO of Seven Counties Services and Bellewood & Brooklawn, and Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children’s Services. They discuss how their organizations have adjusted to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways they are helping the youth in their care and the families they serve cope with stress and trauma. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:32-04:00May 7th, 2020|Podcast|