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Statement on HB 22 Passing House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Corporal punishment does not create a more orderly learning environment. It does not change behavior. What it does do is traumatize kids, and it actually creates school climates that are less orderly and disciplined. That is why we so enthusiastically commend the House Education Committee for its courageous step today in passing House Bill 22, sponsored by Representative [...]

By |2020-02-04T08:35:27-05:00February 4th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Education, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With many Kentucky children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, parents and providers alike agree on the importance of a nurturing and healthy child care environment. Today, the Kentucky Senate honored that idea by supporting Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, which seeks to strengthen licensed child care center standards on healthy [...]

By |2020-02-03T16:22:58-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 87 Passing Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky is a leader in youth justice system reforms in many ways, but there are some practices still in use that we now know do not achieve the best outcomes for kids or communities. Just as a bicycle works best when it uses the right gear for the terrain, our juvenile justice system should use different responses for [...]

By |2020-01-30T10:21:52-05:00January 30th, 2020|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement on SB 40 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The Commonwealth has made strides in child welfare system reforms, but when it comes to protecting kids from abuse, we have a long way to go. That’s why Senate Bill 40 is so important – it closes fault lines in the system to protect children in foster care from harm and does so in a direct and pragmatic [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:54:28-05:00January 29th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates All kids, no matter where they grow up or receive child care, deserve healthy food and time for active play. Today, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee honored that need by supporting Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll. With many Kentucky children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, SB 45 seeks to [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:12:41-05:00January 29th, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on Governor Andy Beshear’s 2020 Budget Address

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates “A better today for our families and a better tomorrow for our children.” That is how Governor Andy Beshear opened his budget address. The critical question tonight is clear – do the finite fiscal details match that lofty vision? An immediate reaction to any budget address – including this one – should be tempered with the need for [...]

Statement on SB 56 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With the vaping epidemic impacting so many Kentucky kids, we applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56 and ensuring the Commonwealth complies with the new federal Tobacco-21 law, and we thank the Kentucky Senate for demonstrating their supporting today. This measure seeks to codify in state law a minimum legal sale age of 21 for tobacco products, [...]

By |2020-01-23T17:57:53-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Health, News Room|

Governor Beshear, Lt. Governor Coleman, President Stivers, Speaker Osborne, and Other Elected Leaders Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for the 16th Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 FRANKFORT, KY – Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including dozens of children and youth, are convening in Frankfort today for the 16th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. “Today, youth, social workers, faith leaders, teachers, pediatricians, child care providers, community leaders, and many others unite to ask our state [...]

Statement on Beshear Administration’s Court Petition on Kentucky’s System of Pretrial Release

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In Kentucky, 13 percent of children have had a parent separated from them due to incarceration – the 2nd highest rate in the nation. Parental incarceration not only causes instability and trauma for children, but also creates a heavy financial burden for the family left behind from loss of income and any accumulating legal fines and fees. Children experiencing [...]

By |2020-02-13T16:17:47-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Justice, News Room|

Statement on Mayor Fischer Lawsuit Against E-cigarette Maker Juul

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kids in Louisville have always been able to count on Mayor Greg Fischer as a leader with a heart and a backbone. He and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell showed their commitment to kids again today by joining a landmark lawsuit against Juul, the United States’ largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes. The powerfully negative impact that [...]

By |2020-01-15T14:58:40-05:00January 15th, 2020|Health, News Room|