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Slam Dunks for School Nutrition

For most Kentuckians, March brings up thoughts of basketball and brackets.  For our school nutrition professionals and students, however, March is the home of National Nutrition Month.  The USDA school nutrition programs, like the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, are a slam dunk for Kentucky kids, ensuring they have access to at least two meals a day during the school year. With over 1 in 6 Kentucky kids not having enough to [...]

By |2023-03-23T13:15:01-04:00March 23rd, 2023|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Statement on Final Passage of Bills Impacting Juvenile Justice

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – There has seldom been such a transformative process around a major policy arena than what we have seen around juvenile justice in the 2023 General Assembly. We have been critical as recently as a year ago about both the process and substance of juvenile justice legislation.  Therefore, it is especially important that we commend the process and [...]

By |2023-03-17T14:14:18-04:00March 16th, 2023|Blog, News Room, Race Equity, Youth Justice|

Statement on Final Passage of SB 150

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As the ramifications of Senate Bill 150 with pieces of House Bill 470 in an amendment are dissected, reasonable folks from across the political spectrum agree on several tenets. First, this is not a Kentucky measure – the genesis of this measure springs from a national agenda of fearmongering. Secondly, gender affirming care is not about a [...]

By |2023-03-17T12:16:00-04:00March 16th, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

Updates on Bills Impacting the Child Welfare System

Though the 2023 legislative session is soon ending, there are many bills that affect children and families making progress within the General Assembly. There are 4 important child welfare bills that child advocates have been keeping an eye on: Senate Bills 48 and 229 and House Bills 41 and 288.   While there has been a 33% reduction in victims from 2017 to 2021, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation in child victims of maltreatment with [...]

By |2023-03-16T17:34:24-04:00March 16th, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Updates on KYGA23 Bills Impacting the Juvenile Justice System

Updated March 14, 2023 at 4:00 PM. The 2023 Kentucky General Assembly has an increased focus on the juvenile justice system in light of recent concerns about safety and workforce capacity within the Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and broader ongoing concerns about community violence. Three bills have been filed in the House and Senate in an effort to begin addressing some of these issues. In the Senate, two bills that will strengthen oversight and [...]

By |2023-03-20T09:43:53-04:00March 7th, 2023|Blog, Race Equity, Youth Justice|

Thriving Families, Safer Children Kentucky in 2023 and Beyond: What to Expect

2023 marks the third year of Kentucky’s participation as a child welfare jurisdiction site for the Thriving Families, Safer Children movement. With the recent addition of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the national partnership roster, the Thriving Families, Safer Children Kentucky effort continues to make strides toward rethinking how America protects children and supports families.  What can we expect from Thriving Families, [...]

By |2023-03-07T16:53:32-05:00March 7th, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Race Equity|

“I wish for my story of paralyzing fear, shame, and loneliness resulting from abuse by my teacher to be the last in Kentucky.”

By Kotomi Yokokura, BASW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates I was in high school when my teacher began texting me during and outside of school hours. He would work to gain my trust, offering me homemade food and taking interest in my personal life, all behind the closed doors of his office. While I did not know it at the time, these texts and one on one meetings would be the beginning stages of grooming [...]

By |2023-03-02T15:43:36-05:00March 2nd, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Protecting the Mental Heath and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Everyone has had struggles over the past few years, but kids have been hit especially hard.  During the pandemic, life was upended for them, and it has furthered the increase in mental health concerns among children and youth. For instance, in 2020, 15.9% of children and teens struggled with anxiety or depression, and in 2022, as many [...]

By |2023-03-02T17:26:18-05:00March 2nd, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Medicaid and KCHIP Continuous Enrollment Ending Soon

As we welcome Spring and warmer weather, we also see the end of a Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This declaration brought with it several changes to public benefit programs – including Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).   One of the biggest changes for those with Medicaid and CHIP coverage was continuous enrollment – this means that for more than 3 years, individuals have [...]

By |2023-03-01T14:13:39-05:00March 1st, 2023|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Health Youth Ambassadors Rally on Behalf of Kentucky Kids and Families

Kentucky Youth Advocates’ Health Youth Ambassadors cohort, made up of high school students from across the state, joined hundreds of fellow young people, community advocates, and elected officials at the Capitol for the Rally for Kentucky Kids on February 8th – the first in-person rally with child advocates since 2020. The cohort took part in a two-day Children’s Advocacy Week Retreat in Frankfort where they spent time prepping Tuesday evening before Wednesday’s Rally Day [...]

By |2023-02-23T13:25:48-05:00February 23rd, 2023|Blog, Health|
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