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Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rate Remains Unchanged, and Too Many Children Continue to Live in High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 23.0 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2018, which is not statistically different than the 2017 rate of 22.4 percent. Only six states have higher child poverty rates than Kentucky. “While the child poverty rate has improved since the end of the Great Recession, we must keep making progress until the families of [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:17:58-04:00September 26th, 2019|Economic Security, News Room|

Health Insurance Coverage for Kentucky Children Has Stagnated but Remains High

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed the percent of Kentucky children under 19 with health coverage remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, at 96.2 percent. This compares with 93.6 percent in 2013 – the year prior to full implementation of the expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program. “We’re in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign in which the divisive healthcare policy [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:00:17-04:00September 26th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on the Justice Cabinet’s Announcement on the Future of Youth Justice in Louisville

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – The axiom that “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true in the case of youth detention in Louisville. Given the Mayor and Metro Council’s decision to close the locally operated detention center, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet working with local nonprofit leaders is moving ahead on what is an imaginative and kid-centric approach to [...]

By |2019-09-19T16:35:08-04:00September 19th, 2019|News Room, Youth Justice|

The Kia Store Local Spotlight: Kentucky Youth Advocates

This article was originally posted by the Kia Store on August 27, 2019. By Brad Paschal Each one of us has fond memories of the place we grew up. That setting even has its own name that brings a wave of nostalgia and smiles to our faces when we hear the word “hometown.” What the Kentucky Youth Advocates continue to work hard at doing is giving kids in the state the opportunity to build those [...]

By |2019-09-11T17:00:01-04:00September 11th, 2019|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Filing of E-cigarette Tax Bill

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kentucky’s kids scored a win today! And elected leaders in Frankfort reminded us that they can make a real difference on behalf of young people. At a Coalition for Smoke-Free Tomorrow press conference, Representatives Jerry Miller and Kim Moser demonstrated state leaders’ continued commitment to ending the epidemic of e-cigarette use among Kentucky teens with the filing [...]

By |2019-07-23T13:34:14-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Expansion of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced its amendment to the state’s Medicaid plan to allow districts to utilize federal Medicaid funding to expand school-based health services and connect more Kentucky students with the preventive health and behavioral health services they need. That is no mere regulatory revision; it is a game changer for kids and [...]

Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost Continued investments will support young children, working families, and the state economy LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from Kentucky Youth Advocates and several key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners highlights how the recent federal investment in child care is fueling local economies and offering opportunities to working families. Last Spring, Congress increased funding for child care assistance through the [...]

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|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Senator McConnell Federal Tobacco-21 Legislation Announcement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced plans to introduce a “tobacco 21” bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide from age 18 to 21. This proposal could prove to be a profound piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the health and well-being of not only Kentucky children [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:54:10-04:00April 18th, 2019|Health, News Room|