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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|

Health Youth Ambassador Speaks Up on Maternal Mental Health in Kentucky

By: Lyba Masroor, Health Youth Ambassador For many mothers, the birth of their child brings a new sense of happiness, excitement, and love into their lives. However, some mothers can face the opposite feelings. For many mothers, a new sense of depression may also impact their lives.  This depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), affects 1 in 8 women who recently gave birth. So what exactly does PPD look like?  According to the American [...]

By |2023-02-23T13:05:49-05:00February 23rd, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Health, Race Equity|

Celebrating the 2023 Champions for Children

Elected leaders and advocates step up for Kentucky kids in countless ways every day, especially in Frankfort throughout the legislative session. During Children’s Advocacy Week, Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children present Champion for Children awards to honor those state leaders, advocates, and young people for their efforts. At this year’s Rally for Kentucky Kids, we honored the following community leaders and young people with Champion for Children awards for their advocacy [...]

Statement on Passage of SB 48 by the Senate Families & Children Committee

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The child welfare system, and specifically the process of substantiation of abuse and neglect, is complex, involves multiple departments, and can be subjective. When people feel the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) did not take appropriate steps or make the right decisions in child abuse cases, they may contact the Ombudsman’s office to file a complaint. [...]

By |2023-02-14T10:09:07-05:00February 14th, 2023|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

Governor Beshear and Senator Raque Adams Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Louisville, KY – Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky are 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 Commonwealth. Today, youth, state leaders, and advocates gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for the Rally for Kentucky Kids – the first in-person rally with child advocates since January 2020. “Each year, Children’s Advocacy Week is a time for youth, parents, social workers, [...]

Ending the Youth Vaping Crisis: A Plea from Schools

We've heard the stats – more than 1 in 4 Kentucky 12th graders and 1 in 5 10th graders report vaping in the past year. Yet the reality is, that is likely a severe undercount of the vaping crisis that is plaguing our schools based on firsthand experience from teachers, administrators, and students themselves. Addressing the issue early on reduces the likelihood that youth will begin using products containing nicotine and become addicted. In fact, [...]

By |2023-01-18T15:08:25-05:00January 18th, 2023|Blog, Education, Health|

Statement on Governor Beshear’s 2023 State of the Commonwealth Address

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – In his far-ranging State of the Commonwealth Address, the Governor raised some key issues related to the well-being of Kentucky’s kids – from health to education to community safety to workforce. As well as the ongoing impacts of crises that Kentucky's kids have lived through across the Commonwealth – from natural disasters to a global pandemic. First, [...]

Wins for Kids in the New Federal Omnibus Budget

While kids across Kentucky were waiting for Santa to deliver gifts, Congress delivered a major win for kids and families through the omnibus federal budget for fiscal year 2023. From addressing summer hunger and child care affordability to expanding access to programs such as home visiting, this budget makes some major investments in Kentucky kids and families: Addresses summer hunger by creating a permanent Summer EBT program and loosens the congregate feeding requirements for meals [...]

Launching the 2023 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Policy Agenda

Each year, Kentucky Youth Advocates releases the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy agenda featuring the lead priorities for kids and families. For 2023, the Blueprint priorities focus on strengthening systems and policies to advance equity and uplift every Kentucky family. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous [...]

Addressing the Leading Cause of Child Death in the Commonwealth: Firearms

At the final 2022 hearing for the Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity, Rep. Keturah Herron presented on legislation that would develop an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in Kentucky’s Department of Public Health. The office would take the lead in creating gun violence policy recommendations, community-based intervention and prevention ideas, and collecting and disseminating data that shows the geographic region, frequency, and the nature of the violence (e.g., self-inflicted, intimate partner, community, etc.). [...]

By |2022-12-06T13:20:44-05:00December 6th, 2022|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, Race Equity|
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