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World Hearing Day 2021: A Reminder for Parents and Guardians

By Danielle Hempel, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates For many people, the five basic senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) are not something they give much thought to. However, for those with hearing loss, it is something most of us think about everyday, including myself.   After suffering from tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, since childhood, I was finally diagnosed with asymmetrical hearing loss when I was 22, joining nearly 700,000 Kentucky residents who are deaf or hard of hearing (HOH). For me, it was almost hard to [...]

By |2021-03-02T12:36:57-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Blog, Health|

New P-EBT Benefits Are Coming!

We are excited to announce that Kentucky has received final federal approval and the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefit has been extended for October 2020-June 2021. This round of benefits will be administered differently than previous rounds, so please read the following information from the state carefully. View the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services' FAQ document and see infographics with more details below. Who is eligible?  For the months of October 2020 through [...]

By |2021-03-04T17:16:22-05:00February 26th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

Guest Post: Prioritizing Oral Health Sets Kids Up for a Healthier, Brighter Future

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader February 25, 2021. By Dr. Stephanie Poynter It is no secret that Kentucky has historically had a poor reputation when it comes to our dental health. In a recent study ranking states with the best and worst dental health, the Commonwealth ranked 41st in the nation in indicators of dental wellness. We have among the lowest dentists per capita, highest sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, and highest [...]

By |2021-02-25T15:49:52-05:00February 25th, 2021|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

2021 Bills to Watch that Seek to Advance Race Equity for Kids

As our commonwealth works to overcome the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and systemic racism, Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children have a common vision of a brighter future for every Kentucky kid and their family. We are counting on legislative leaders to prioritize policies that advance race equity and address systemic racism in the current and future legislative sessions. We previously shared our commitment to ensure all policies within the 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy agenda [...]

Thank You to Our 2020 Census Champions Awardees

We love giving awards to decision makers who have stepped up for kids. This year during Children's Advocacy Week, in addition to the usual Champions for Children awards given to legislators who prioritized kids during last year’s General Assembly, we also gave 2020 Census Champions awards to those in state government who went above and beyond to promote a fair and complete 2020 Census count of the commonwealth. Going into 2020, I thought the [...]

Youth Voice: Pass Local Tobacco Control Bills to Prevent Youth from Vaping

By Hannah Abdon I’m an 11th grader that has grown up in a farming community in Northern Kentucky where tobacco has been strongly promoted especially towards young people. While driving to my own high school, I pass four different stores that advertise tobacco products in their storefronts. Most of these advertisements are very close to my school. On television, many advertisements that I see depict Juuls in a positive light. They do this by comparing [...]

By |2021-02-10T15:50:32-05:00February 10th, 2021|Blog, Health|

“All Kids Need Someone Rooting for Them!”

These remarks were part of the 2021 Rally for Kentucky Kids -- watch a recording of the virtual rally and read more in this press release.  By Felicity Therese Krueger I am so honored to be here. I have been going to Children’s Advocacy Day since I was 12 years old. I can remember walking into the Rotunda and seeing all these people passionate about helping youth. And every year the passion grew stronger in [...]

By |2021-02-03T22:26:15-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Gov. Beshear and Leadership from the Kentucky House and Senate Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for Virtual Rally for Kentucky Kids

CONTACT: Mara Powell Louisville, KY – Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky are virtually convening this week for Children’s Advocacy Week. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. Today, in place of the gathering in the Capitol Rotunda, advocates and state leaders tuned into the first virtual Rally for Kentucky Kids. "Today, youth, social workers, faith leaders, teachers, pediatricians, child care providers, community leaders, [...]

Local Jail Populations in Kentucky on the Rise Again, State Prison Population Declines Level Off, as COVID Spreads Throughout the Prison System

Media Contact: Abby Silverman 978-273-3875 LOCAL JAIL POPULATIONS IN KENTUCKY ON THE RISE AGAIN, STATE PRISON POPULATION DECLINES LEVEL OFF, AS COVID SPREADS THROUGHOUT THE PRISON SYSTEM Vera Institute of Justice “People in Jail and Prison In 2020” Report Documents Efforts to Contain Covid Outbreaks Curtailed by Recent Rebound in Jail Populations Frankfort, KY (January 27, 2021) - Kentucky jail and prison population declined dramatically in 2020, but local jail populations began to rebound [...]

By |2021-01-28T16:41:02-05:00January 28th, 2021|Health, Justice, News Room|

Children’s Advocacy Week is Here! 3 Action Steps for You

It’s time, advocates! Children’s Advocacy Week is upon us. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and momentum to address systemic racism in Kentucky, your advocacy is more important than ever. Here are three action steps you need to take during—and in preparation for—Children’s Advocacy Week: 1. Check out the Children’s Advocacy Week schedule and build your personal schedule in our new app. Monday, February 1 11 AM EST – Kick-Off Event with comments from Senator David Givens 12 PM [...]

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