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Save the Dates: Children’s Advocacy Week at the Capitol February 1st-5th

For 16 years advocates for kids have gathered in Frankfort for Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. On Children’s Advocacy Day, advocates fill the halls of the Capitol and ask their elected officials to step up for Kentucky kids—leading to many policy wins and building awareness of issues facing kids and their families. Children’s Advocacy Day is critical to building a brighter future for Kentucky kids. Amidst COVID-19, the strains on families, communities, and the [...]

Making Kids Count in the 2020 Election!

There are no shortage of concerns on the minds of Kentuckians as we prepare to vote this November. This will be a consequential election. The local, state, and federal leaders we select will determine policy that will impact our daily lives for what may be generations to come. But how often do we pause to consider--specifically--how our choices at the ballot box will impact us, and particularly young children who depend on us to make [...]

Federal Leaders: Kentucky Kids Need YOU

Navigating COVID-19 has been an unparalleled challenge for our families, our commonwealth, and our country. As Kentucky looks ahead to its future, there are many solutions and recovery efforts we can undertake within the commonwealth. But many other efforts require federal policy changes and federal budget investments. As federal leaders debate the next pandemic recovery package, Kentucky kids and families are looking to Washington, D.C. for the following solutions: Healthcare priorities for Kentucky kids and [...]

Child Well-Being Data Highlights Continued Areas of Need as the Commonwealth Prepares to Recover from the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Child Well-Being Data Highlights Continued Areas of Need as the Commonwealth Prepares to Recover from the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the latest edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable, but still inadequate, improvements were due [...]

A Recommitment to Doing Our Part in Confronting Racism

Kentucky Youth Advocates is serious when we assert a vision to “make Kentucky the best place in America to be young.” And yet, we know that vision is elusive as long as a child’s skin color still shapes their opportunity to thrive. And we know that is still true in Kentucky. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery deserve condemnation by anyone with a heart and a brain. And yet as [...]

Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Last updated May 11, 2020 As federal, state, and local governments continue navigating appropriate responses to those most impacted by COVID-19, it’s crucial to remember the significant impact had on youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system, whether they are currently incarcerated, being released, or on probation. The Commonwealth should protect the health, safety, and well-being of youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Prioritizing the young people in the juvenile [...]

By |2020-05-20T18:18:42-04:00April 15th, 2020|Blog, Youth Justice|

Supporting the Watchdog for Kentucky Kids During COVID-19

Now, more than ever, Kentuckians are relying on state and federal leaders to make decisions that put families first. As the watchdog for Kentucky kids, the team at Kentucky Youth Advocates is monitoring policy developments, collaborating with state and national partners, and communicating with decision-makers to help Kentucky through this crisis.   We are standing guard for kids and activating solutions at a local, state, and national level for every Kentucky kid.  And that is why now, more than ever, Kentucky Youth Advocates is relying on you. We [...]

For Kids, For Families, For You: Kentucky Youth Advocates Navigates COVID-19

“It’s been a tough few days” feels like an understatement when describing the COVID-19 crisis. My family is struggling to come to terms with this “new normal” of social distancing—be it for three weeks, or many weeks beyond that. And I know that every other family across Kentucky is grappling with their own challenges. With that in mind, I wanted to give you a couple of updates about how Kentucky Youth Advocates is responding to [...]

Forging Ahead: 2020 General Assembly Carries On

Today’s Kentucky is very different from last week’s Kentucky. Social distancing and the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are affecting the daily life of every Kentuckian—and the 2020 General Assembly. As of now, the legislature is moving forward on the passage of bills and the state’s biennial budget. Kentucky Youth Advocates, along with many other partners across the state, are continuing to track the progress of bills and work with [...]

One More Lesson from the Pandemic: How the Census Provides for the Most Vulnerable Among Us

By Terry Brooks, Kevin Middleton, and Jill Seyfred The coronavirus pandemic has provided a number of lessons for us as individuals, as community members, and as a country. We’ve learned serious lessons like what social distancing is and how to practice it, as well as lighter lessons like how much toilet paper our families use in a month. Another lesson that has become increasingly clear to us: how much the decennial census permeates the institutions, [...]