Grant will support the Face It ® Movement addressing child abuse & neglect in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 18, 2018)– Kosair Charities announced today a $1.2 million-dollar grant to Kentucky Youth Advocates to continue funding for the Face It ® Movement, a multi-partner initiative aiming to prevent child abuse. The grant was unveiled at a joint press conference on Thursday morning.
The Face It® Movement, launched in April 2013, is fully funded by the Kosair Charities grant and coordinated by Kentucky Youth Advocates. It was formed in response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. The grant supports primary prevention programming, campaign management, marketing, community education and awareness, trainings and education for youth and professionals, conferences, educational events, and policy advocacy and implementation focused on safe kids and strong families.
Face It has grown from a small group of initial partners to nearly 60 partner organizations—including nonprofits, government agencies, medical professionals, child-serving agencies, neighborhood centers, the courts, advocacy organizations, and school systems—across Kentucky.
“There is nothing more important in our Commonwealth than protecting our children,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “The Face It ® Movement brings together community members and organizations who collectively can effect change.”
In five years, partners have trained nearly 6,000 professionals on child abuse prevention and recognition, distributed 60,000 educational resources across the Commonwealth, and successfully advocated for eight statewide policies that have become law in Kentucky.
“The essence of this movement lives in both policy and programs,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “We must ensure the proper policies are in place while simultaneously activating effective programming. Child abuse prevention work will continue until it is no longer a societal issue.”
The press conference announcing the grant was hosted at Neighborhood House, led by Executive Director, Yvette Livers, who helps activate the resources provided by the Face It ® Movement. Established in 1896, Neighborhood House was the first settlement house in Kentucky. Over 119 years later, it is a community center that serves children and families living in Portland and surrounding low-income neighborhoods.
About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at www.kyyouth.org.
About Kosair Charities
Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.