What does Bloom Kentucky and Mickey Mouse have in common this summer? They are both ALL EARS.

As soon as the gavel fell for the 2023 state legislative session, Bloom Kentucky already had a plan to get advocates excited about 2024. Kentucky Youth Advocates and Bloom Kentucky want to hear from you!  

During May and June 2023, we’re hosting regionally-based listening sessions across the Commonwealth to bring local advocates and leaders together to identify strategies that will build resilience in kids, families, and communities. Childhood trauma is common in Kentucky and can have lifelong impacts – but the good news is it can be addressed through state policy change and budget investments in collaboration with community-based efforts. 

We are hitting the road to engage as many of the local experts in every region of Kentucky as possible around three key areas: 

  1. What policies and budget investments do you want our state legislature to address in 2024 related to child and family well-being?
  2. What do you want our Gubernatorial candidates prioritizing related to child and family well-being?
  3. How does the region intend to leverage Opioid Settlement funds related to child and family well-being and substance use prevention?

Join Sowing Resilience: A Bloom Kentucky Listening Tour  in one of the nine Department for Community Based Services regions to share your ideas, questions, and recommendations so that all kids can grow up healthy and hopeful. We’re partnering with local organizations for the listening sessions – ranging from smaller round tables to large community conversations – and, in some regions, there will be multiple conversations held. 

Check out this overview of the Sowing Resilience conversations and be sure to check back regularly as we update on upcoming regional events. Stay tuned as we share what we hear from community advocates and leaders across the Commonwealth! 

Cumberland Region

Eastern Mountain Region

Jefferson Region

Northeastern Region 

Northern Bluegrass Region 

  • Co-hosted with Scott County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy and Scott Countians Against Drugs in Georgetown 
  • Co-hosting with Learning Grove and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Covington
    Thursday, June 15th at 2:00 – 4:00PM ET
    Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011
    Register HERE

Salt River Trail Region 

Southern Bluegrass Region 

  • Co-hosting with the Greater Clark Foundation in Winchester
  • Co-hosting with the Danville Branch of Women’s Network (Registration not required)
    Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00PM – 8:30 PM                                                                                                              

    Intercounty Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road, Danville 40422
  • Co-hosted with Face It Bluegrass

The Lakes Region

Two Rivers Region