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OP-ED: Former foster kids like us need resources to successfully transition into adulthood

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on January 27, 2023. By Tamara Vest, Eltuan Dawson, Cynthia Schepers, and Felicity Therese Krueger Current and former foster youth need both tangible and intangible resources to successfully transition into adulthood. Tangible supports are programs and services that provide a resource or assistance for young people such as financial support, housing assistance and educational opportunities. Intangible resources include those trusting adults, mentors, peers and even [...]

By |2023-02-03T10:59:51-05:00January 30th, 2023|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Health Youth Ambassadors: 2022 Onboarding Retreat

In September, 13 high school students from around the Commonwealth came together in Bowling Green, KY for the first time as the new 2022-2023 Health Youth Ambassadors cohort!  The Health Youth Ambassadors (HYA) program is a statewide cohort that engages youth to learn about advocacy and policy, address social determinants of health through policy change, and advocate for themselves and their peers on health-related issues. The new HYAs met for a two-day immersive policy [...]

By |2023-01-25T15:29:08-05:00October 12th, 2022|Blog, Health, Kids Count|

Youth Voice: Speaking Up for Kami

By Kiera Dunk Kiera and Speaker Osborne testifying on HB 263 before the House Judiciary Committee. Kami was a beautiful 9-month-old baby when her life was changed forever when the man responsible for her safety shook her so violently that she was clinically dead for 23 minutes. Kami survived... BUT due to the trauma, only half her brain remained. Since that day, she has been confined to a wheelchair, nonverbal, requires a feeding [...]

By |2022-02-17T14:51:39-05:00February 16th, 2022|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

“We owe our youth more… Now, let’s get to work!”

These remarks were part of the Rally for Kentucky Kids during 2022 Children's Advocacy Week. Watch a recording of the virtual rally via Facebook or YouTube.  By Tyler Hunter, Child Welfare Leader First, let me thank each and every one of you all for attending today’s rally for Children’s Advocacy Week. My name is Tyler Hunter. I am from one of the best places on earth… Bowling Green, Ky (Warren Co). Outside of being a [...]

By |2022-02-02T13:10:13-05:00January 19th, 2022|Blog|

Youth Speaking Up for Youth in Foster Care

By Dana Cole My name is Dana Cole, and I am a new member with the Voices of Commonwealth. I chose this job because it is my passion to help advocate for other foster youths — former and current. I was in foster care for about 10 years, so I have been through and have seen some things throughout my journey. I think being able to advocate and help others that may not have a [...]

By |2021-11-18T13:49:35-05:00May 18th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Youth Voice: Pass Local Tobacco Control Bills to Prevent Youth from Vaping

By Hannah Abdon I’m an 11th grader that has grown up in a farming community in Northern Kentucky where tobacco has been strongly promoted especially towards young people. While driving to my own high school, I pass four different stores that advertise tobacco products in their storefronts. Most of these advertisements are very close to my school. On television, many advertisements that I see depict Juuls in a positive light. They do this by comparing [...]

By |2021-11-18T13:49:55-05:00February 10th, 2021|Blog, Health|
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