Mara Powell

Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY –It’s ironic that we released the 2021 KIDS COUNT County Data Book this week and last night, the Louisville Metro Council faced the question: “Do kids count in Louisville?” And we are pleased that they found common ground to answer with a resounding “YES!”

The Council’s decision, with the leadership of Councilman Jecorey Arthur, to create a Juvenile Assessment Center thoughtfully centers the needs and futures of the youth who will be served. With coordination with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, this new center can offer connections to much needed community-based services with the support of Court Designated Workers. We have gathered real hope that the Council will continue to leverage unprecedented federal dollars into creative and proven approaches to support our young people. Whether that is around mental and behavioral health supports, youth development opportunities, or family-based prevention initiatives, the potential is real with a Council that is prioritizing Louisville’s children.

We commend the thoughtful compromise for kids that President James, Councilman Arthur, Councilman Hollander, and the entire Council found within this Juvenile Assessment Center decision, and we look forward to a continued commitment to improving outcomes for kids.


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