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So far Mara Powell has created 118 blog entries.

Complete Streets Make Roads Safe and Comfortable for Everyone

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 14, 2019. By Emilee McCubbins When I made the decision to go out of state for college, I knew that my heart would always pull me back to this place — Beechmont. Louisville is my hometown, but the steps of Iroquois Library is where I think of when I think of home. Traversing Woodlawn Avenue, popping into the corner store by the gazebo, and [...]

By |2019-08-14T16:51:02-04:00August 14th, 2019|Blog, Health|

The Family First Act and You!

Social workers and educators, judges and prosecutors, nonprofit leaders, state legislators, and many other advocates for Kentucky kids and families have been travelling near and far over the last few weeks to learn more about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for Kentucky families. The Family First Regional Convenings seek to share information about the federal legislation, anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and [...]

By |2019-07-15T13:30:56-04:00June 26th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

6 Takeaways from the 2019 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators of well-being to rank each state across four domains — health, education, economic well-being and family and community — and calculate an overall rank. Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, 37th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 25th in health, and 43rd in the family and community domain. [...]

Let’s See Those Cute Kentucky Kids!

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for photos of Kentucky kids to include in the 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and other Kentucky Youth Advocates publications. We know you all proudly share pictures of your kids and grandkids by hanging them on your refrigerator and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Here’s your chance to promote those cute kids through Kentucky Youth Advocates’ materials. We need your photos by August 31st so please start sending them in. In order [...]

By |2019-05-31T09:06:43-04:00May 31st, 2019|Blog, Kids Count|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Majority Leader McConnell’s Tobacco-Free Youth Act

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Child welfare and juvenile justice have animated Leader McConnell’s commitment to kids. With his sponsorship of the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, you can add health to his legacy as a champion for children. Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Tim Kaine filed the Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide [...]

By |2019-05-20T13:09:37-04:00May 20th, 2019|Health, News Room|

2019 Other Legislative Item House Bill 378 Establish Supports for Children Who Have Experienced Homelessness

Other Legislative Item House Bill 378 Establish Supports for Children Who Have Experienced Homelessness Summary House Bill 378 would support both the education and health of children who have experienced homelessness by allowing flexibility towards earning high school credits and a high school diploma and granting the ability to access to their birth certificate. Status HB 378 is sponsored by Representative David Meade and Representative Joni Jenkins. It has passed the Kentucky House [...]

By |2019-03-28T09:28:53-04:00March 4th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 218 Help Prevent the Use of Tobacco Products, Including E-cigarettes, Among Youth

Other Legislative Item Senate Bill 218 Help Prevent the Use of Tobacco Products, Including E-cigarettes, Among Youth Summary Senate Bill 218 would promote awareness around harms of e-cigarette use and establish an anonymous reporting mechanism for students to report concerns about tobacco use, including vaping, in schools. Status SB 218 is sponsored by Senator Brandon Smith. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and the House Health and Family Services Committee and is awaiting [...]

By |2019-03-19T17:22:51-04:00March 4th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates By all accounts, a real asset in Kentucky are the thousands of kinship caregivers who are stepping up for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. We know that children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect do better when they are placed with relatives as they experience less trauma when separated from parents, less disruption to their education, [...]

By |2019-02-27T12:08:15-04:00February 27th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority House Bill 002 Establish Supports for Kinship and Fictive Caregivers

Blueprint Legislative Priority Establish Supports for Kinship and Fictive Caregivers House Bill 2 would establish the development of supportive services for kinship and fictive kin caregivers, including, but not limited to, monetary and respite supports. It would also establish a reporting mechanism to track and analyze data on relative and fictive kin caregiver placements. Status HB 2 is sponsored by Representative Chris Fugate. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has [...]

By |2019-03-29T14:49:04-04:00February 21st, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Other Legislative Item House Bill 209 Promote Healthy Drinking Habits in Schools

Other Legislative Item House Bill 209 Promote Healthy Drinking Habits in Schools Summary House Bill 209 would establish minimum requirements of placing drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations in newly constructed school buildings. Status HB 209 is sponsored by Representative John Bam Carney. It has passed the Kentucky House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Passed KY House

By |2019-03-04T12:51:13-04:00February 19th, 2019|Bill Tracker|