Y’all, let’s be real: Our days are now so full of virtual meetings that many of us are exhausted. Whether you are a professional who works with kids, a youth, or even a legislator, you have logged a lot of hours on Zoom. When, for the second year in a row, Children’s Advocacy Week had to be a fully virtual event, it would have been easy for you advocates to tune out.

And yet? Thousands of people from every corner of the Commonwealth showed up on screens and social media to step up for kids. 

THANK YOU, advocates, youth, and state leaders for continuing to come together for kids—even when we can’t physically gather together in the Capitol. 

THANK YOU as well to the kids (and their grown-ups) who shared their art and musical performances throughout Children’s Advocacy Week. To see all of the art and music submissions, check out the Celebration of Kentucky Kids! 

(As a reminder, all of the event recordings are on our YouTube channel.)

So what’s next?  

First, if you attended Children’s Advocacy Week, please take this brief survey to share your feedback. The survey should take 5 minutes or less and will help us to make next year’s event even better for youth and advocates.  

Second, the General Assembly has a long way to go. Currently EIGHT Blueprint bills plus the state budget are advancing in the General Assembly. Follow those bills, along with other bills that are good for kids on our Bill Tracker. Reach out to your legislators and ask them to support those bills. 

THANK YOU for finding inspiration to take action amidst the inconvenience that this season has brought us. Here’s hoping that for next year’s Children’s Advocacy Week we can see one another in person, as well as on virtual events! 

Children’s Advocacy Week was made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky; Presenting Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare; Youth Digital Media Sponsor, AT&T; and Social Media Sponsor, WellCare.  

Partner sponsors include: Bloom Kentucky, Child Care Council of Kentucky, Children’s Alliance, Face It Movement, Family and Children’s Place, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Jane and Bert Emke, Kentucky CASA Network, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, Kentucky’s Voice for Early Childhood, Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky, Kosair Charities, Learning Grove, Metro United Way, NCJW Louisville Section, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, PhRMA, True Up, Volunteers of America Mid-States, and Signature Kentucky KIDS COUNT sponsor, Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare.