Several True Up youth were able to get an up-close look at politics in action and meet with key lawmakers during Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Held on February 5, this marked the 11th year for the event, which attracts hundreds of people from across Kentucky to Frankfort to have their voices heard on issues affecting children.
Advocates turned out in force to rally on behalf of children’s issues and ask lawmakers to invest in the youngest citizens of the Commonwealth. Nearly 20 True Up youth, ages 16-20, took part in the day of advocacy. They were joined by social workers, teachers, parents, judges, public health experts, doctors and other youth.
The crowd filled the Capitol Rotunda and heard from speakers who are passionate about issues affecting youth in Kentucky. 20-year old Joseph B., a member of the True Up Youth Advisory Council (YAC), was honored to be one of the speakers at the rally. Joseph, a foster care youth, recently completed course work at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to become a certified nursing assistant. He told the crowd he was there to stand up for children in Kentucky.
Joseph was also grateful to be able to meet one on-one with Representative Tom Burch, chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee. Joseph told Rep. Burch he thought a review of State Agency Schools should be conducted to make sure best practices and college readiness were part of the curriculum. Joseph also urged Burch to support gay marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning (LGBTQ) issues. Burch was supportive of all measures.