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So far Mara Powell has created 69 blog entries.

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CMS Approval of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky’s Medicaid Program. The key to this significant policy change’s success or failure lies in its implementation. Kentucky HEALTH’s initial roll-out and on-going administration must be family-centric. When it comes to this – or any policy – our question [...]

By | 2018-01-12T14:36:02+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Health, News Room|

New Year, New Legislative Session, New Website

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 New Year, New Legislative Session, New Website Jeffersontown, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates is excited to announce the launch of our refreshed website, which will provide a wealth of resources throughout the 2018 legislative session. The new website has been designed to provide advocates with improved navigation and functionality across the site. The refreshed layout offers quick and easy access to a variety of tools and resources that allow advocates to [...]

By | 2018-01-10T11:10:38+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Kids Count, News Room|

The Countdown is On: Children’s Advocacy Day is January 18th!

The 2018 Kentucky legislative session is well underway, which means the annual Children’s Advocacy Day (CAD) at the Capitol is just around the corner. Review these tips and reminders for before, during, and after Children’s Advocacy Day on January 18th: Before January 18th: If you haven’t already done so, register you and your group for CAD HERE. Watch the advocacy 101 and CAD prep webinar to be confident in attending CAD and advocating on behalf [...]

By | 2018-01-11T11:14:15+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Blog|

Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Priorities

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children stands on three cornerstones: Thriving communities launch strong families. Strong families launch successful kids. Successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. We’re launching the 2018 Blueprint policy priorities with partners from across the state with those three cornerstones in mind. We invite you to learn more about the Blueprint priorities and how to get involved. Check out the 2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities. Read the fact sheets for [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:39:34+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Youth Justice|

Coming Soon: 2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Next Tuesday, June 13th, Kentucky Youth Advocates co-releases the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book includes data on all 50 states, and you can see how Kentucky is faring on 16 key indicators of child well-being. You can find the book on our website next week, and you can be the first to know about the book by signing up for email alerts and following us on Facebook and Twitter. Once [...]

First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: Celebrating Youth and 2017 Wins

Last weekend, young leaders from across the state came together to celebrate their first year as the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC). First Lady Glenna Bevin initiated the Council last spring with a focus on empowering youth in the improvement of policies and practices related to the child welfare system and helping more kids have a safe and loving home. The FLYLC met with Glenda Wright, the president of Voices of the Commonwealth. Glenda [...]

By | 2017-05-25T09:45:59+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Delta Dental of Kentucky Partners with Kentucky Youth Advocates to Develop Regional Oral Health Networks

Media Contact: Lynsey Trager Mara Powell 859-496-5524 Delta Dental of Kentucky Invests $1 Million in Regional Oral Health Networks Establishing Five Regional Networks to Develop Local, Data-Driven Oral Health Solutions Louisville, KY – Following state results published in the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth, Delta Dental of Kentucky is expanding its commitment to oral health across the state. Delta Dental of Kentucky is providing $1 million to launch [...]

By | 2017-05-19T10:37:47+00:00 May 19th, 2017|News Room|

Foster Care Month: A Family is the Best Medicine

Throughout May, the nation is celebrating Foster Care Month with a focus on empowering caregivers and strengthening families because all children need a safe and loving family. To keep kids safe, Kentucky needs a child welfare system that responds effectively and thoroughly when abuse is suspected. If a child has experienced abuse or neglect, family is truly the best medicine to help those children thrive. To keep children connected to a family, Kentucky can intervene [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:05:52+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Gathering a consensus when it comes to accountability and assessment is a miracle. Senator Mike Wilson pulled off such a miracle in crafting Senate Bill 1. SB 1 will be a catalyst for better teaching and learning in each of Kentucky’s schools. Its premise is that the professionalism of principals and teachers needs to be honored, unnecessary bureaucratic red tape [...]

By | 2017-03-15T17:43:59+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 520 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky Youth Advocates applauds the work of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives for their work to create a charter school bill that creates opportunity for students in Kentucky. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates have consistently asserted three key points in the charter school debate. First, there are clearly good and bad charter experiences in this nation and we [...]

By | 2017-03-15T16:52:08+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|