Kentucky Youth Advocates to Host Virtual Candidate Forums

New toolkit encourages child advocates to engage candidates on topics concerning children

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky Youth Advocates is hosting a series of virtual candidate forums leading up to the 2020 election to promote electoral advocacy and elevate issues impacting Kentucky children.

“Kids can’t vote, so they rely on the adults in their lives to vote on their behalf,” said Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates. “When considering our local, state, and federal leaders, we must keep the needs of kids front and center. These forums give constituents and concerned child advocates the opportunity to hear directly from candidates about their vision to make Kentucky the best place to be a kid.”

Each candidate will be joining the virtual forum separately and responding to questions regarding their policy views on juvenile justice, child welfare, education, child care, and health care.

Kentucky Youth Advocates invites advocates and candidates’ constituents to attend the upcoming forums:

  • House District 13 – Representative Jim Glenn, Jr. and Candidate and Former Representative DJ Johnson: Saturday, September 26th at 2:00 PM ET — watch a recording of the forum HERE
  • House District 33 – Representative Jason Nemes and Candidate Margaret Plattner: Wednesday, September 29th at 12:00 PM ET — watch a recording of the forum HERE
  • House District 32 – Representative Tina Bojanowski and Candidate G. Hunt Rounsavall, Jr.: Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 PM ET

Kentucky Youth Advocates also recently released a new Electoral Advocacy Toolkit that can be used to prepare organizations, community groups, and individuals to speak with candidates and host their own local forums.

“Kids are facing tough issues and candidates must answer tough questions. Each of us can make sure kids’ voices are heard by asking candidates in our state and federal elections how they will prioritize the commonwealth’s future leaders. By utilizing the new electoral advocacy toolkit as a framework to host a local candidate forum, advocates can ensure issues impacting kids in their community are top priority leading up to November 3rd,” said Brooks.

Register to attend an upcoming virtual candidate forum and view the Electoral Advocacy Toolkit at


About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at