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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we are joining many child hunger advocates, schools, and families in celebrating passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Kentucky Senate. The latest data show that nearly 273,000 eligible Kentucky kids are missing out on eating school breakfast, and, in many cases, it’s because they can’t get to school early enough due to long bus rides and other circumstances [...]

By |2022-02-25T09:52:34-05:00February 25th, 2022|Education, Health, News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates and Community Partners Awarded $140,000 by Prevent Child Abuse America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to Support Child and Family Well-Being as Part of the Thriving Families, Safer Children Effort

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org For immediate release: February 24, 2022 Louisville, KY — Kentucky Youth Advocates announced today a $140,000 grant from Prevent Child Abuse America® (PCA America) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation through the Thriving Families, Safer Children, Youth, Family and Community Partnership Grants to support our work focused on child and family well-being through a lens of prevention and equity. A total of $1,000,000 was granted to 10 community-based organizations selected for [...]

By |2022-02-24T11:41:23-05:00February 24th, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Passage of HB 174 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we are celebrating unanimous passage of House Bill 174 by the Kentucky House of Representatives. HB 174, co-sponsored by Representatives McKenzie Cantrell and Kim Moser, will extend Medicaid eligibility for new mothers for up to 12 months postpartum so they can have continuous, uninterrupted access to health care. Despite the increased risk of postpartum death and illness, [...]

By |2022-02-18T09:32:24-05:00February 18th, 2022|Health, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Senate Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Students who start their school day with a full belly are more likely to perform better on tests, attend more days of school, and graduate from high school – setting them on a path to become less likely to struggle with hunger as adults. By recognizing this connection between school breakfast and academic achievement, Kentucky is rethinking how [...]

By |2022-02-17T12:05:55-05:00February 17th, 2022|Education, Health, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 102 by the KY Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky Senate has unanimously passed Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Senator Max Wise, to help ensure there is an adequate number of mental health providers in schools to serve students in need of supports. Schools play a critical role in providing a trauma-informed environment for children to learn and grow, including access to mental health supports. Over [...]

Statement on Passage of HB 174 by the House Health & Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Access to quality health care and coverage postpartum is not only critical to the health and well-being of the new mother, but also that of their newborn. We applaud the House Health and Family Services Committee for recognizing that imperative today with passage of House Bill 174, co-sponsored by Representative McKenzie Cantrell and House Health and Family Services [...]

By |2022-02-10T12:42:52-05:00February 10th, 2022|Health, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 102 by the Senate Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Education Chairman Max Wise and the Kentucky General Assembly have a track record of pragmatically approaching the complex issue of safety of students in schools. In 2019, the School Safety and Resiliency Act thoughtfully balanced the well-being of students with their physical safety by prioritizing access to mental health services and promoting trauma-informed environments. During this time [...]

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 97 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – One child who has experienced abuse or neglect, is one child too many – and a child fatality or near fatality should never happen in the first place. Yet, in 2020, there were 22 fatalities and 53 near fatalities due to substantiated cases of abuse or neglect in Kentucky. As the Commonwealth continues to reform the child welfare system, a critical component that must be considered is following the [...]

By |2022-02-07T17:31:34-05:00February 7th, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly has a notable track record of stepping up for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, and that commitment continued today as the Kentucky Senate supported passage of Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. SB 8 will impact children across the child welfare continuum – from child maltreatment prevention to investigation to healing and foster care. This legislation will create a uniform [...]

By |2022-02-02T15:11:16-05:00February 2nd, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Hundreds of Advocates Rally on Behalf of KY Kids, featuring Gov. Beshear and legislative leaders

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Governor Beshear, House Speaker Osborne, and Senator Westerfield Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for Virtual Rally for Kentucky Kids 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 [...]

By |2022-01-20T13:35:39-05:00January 19th, 2022|Blog, News Room|
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