Kentucky Youth Advocates

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Jun 24, 2019

On this edition of Eastern Standard: How’re we doing here in Kentucky when it comes to raising kids? A report card from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the issue; A recent report from the United Nation detailing mass species extinctions is viewed through a Kentucky lens; What’s in store for the Lexington Theatre Company’s 5th summer season?; Major exhibitions and a poignant event at the Speed Museum. 




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May 28, 2019

Barbara Napier, owner of Snug Hollow Farm in Estill County discusses future tourism in Eastern Kentucky.  Weapons Destruction is to begin at Blue Grass Army Depot. An update from WEKU's Stu Johnson and an discussion about what happens to the area economy once the last weapon is destoyed. And, Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Dirextor  Terry Brooks on what the 2019 KY General Assembly did for kids - and what was left undone. 

  • A "to do" list for Kentucky lawmakers on behalf of our children
  • A special place where very young parents can find guidance and help
  • What's behind those winter blues?
  • Author interview: Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor on his new book: Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape


Representatives with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates are asking state lawmakers to toughen policies regarding electronic cigarette use.  The aim is primarily to reduce E-cig use among young people.

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Nine percent of Kentucky’s kids lived with relatives other than their parents from 2016 through 2018. This is the highest rate in the nation, according to recent data from the Census Bureau.

This high percentage of Kentucky kids living with relatives means service providers like Jewish Family and Career Services in Louisville have even more caregiver relatives to help.

Joann Kalb, a therapist, works with many grandparents who are raising grandchildren and leads support groups. Many of these children, she says, deal with what’s happened through behavioral health problems.

Eastern Standard: September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

This week, Eastern Standard looks at a new report that focuses on ways to help young Kentucky parents overcome challenges. 

Host Tom Martin talks to University of Kentucky's Special Collections Librarian Reinette Jones, the curator and creator of the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

WEKU's Stu Johnson gives us details on the importance of the recent mock chemical weapons disaster drill at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.

The head of a Kentucky child advocacy organization sees lots to like in a just released report on ways to improve foster care and adoption. The panel from the House of Representatives offered its suggestions Tuesday.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks believes the panel’s recommendations could be an agenda for action rather than just another study left on a shelf. 

Brooks says it focuses on upfront prevention and substance abuse treatment. It also explores improving working conditions for social workers including better pay.

Bevin Submits Revised Ky. HEALTH Plan

Aug 24, 2016

 Gov. Matt Bevin says he has changed his proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and submitted it to the federal government for approval.

The new proposal called Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) will cover allergy testing and private duty nursing for about 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's expanded Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty. 

Terry Brooks is responding to a report just released by WalletHub, a personal finance social network.  In it, Kentucky ranked 44th nationally in the percentage of children living in households with below poverty level income.