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A Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) Organization and Public Charity

PO Box 11037 Lexington KY 40512-1037

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Our Mission: “To bring about a ten-percent reduction in youth violence and bullying through volunteerismeducation, and teamwork.”




YouthAlert! (YA!)'s 2016 Kentucky Statewide Youth Violence Prevention 

TEN PERCENT Challenge  “The YA! Challenge”


***It's Official***

It's a UNITED Message to Kentucky's Youth! 


Unjustified Violence Against Other People Is NOT ACCEPTABLE In Our Commonwealth of Kentucky 

KY State Governor Proclamation 1.3.12  KY State Governor Beshear Letter 3.28.14 KY State Senate Resolution SR187 3.7.12 KY State House of Representatives Citation 5.25.12 KY Lieutenant Governor 2.8.13  KY Secretary of State 2.10.14  KY Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development 5.3.13 KY Department and Board of Education Resolution 12.5.12  KY Center for School Safety (KCSS) 10.10.12  KY Association of School Superintendents (KASS) 6.19.13  KY School Board Association (KSBA) 6.22.13 KY Association of School Councils (KASC) 5.22.13 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) 9.26.13 Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) 11.26.13 U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell KY 6.4.13  U.S. Representative Andy Barr KY 6th 3.14.13 U.S.Representative John Yarmuth KY 3rd 12.7.13 U.S. Senator Dr. Rand Paul 4.12.14 University of Kentucky (UK) Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari 7.29.13 University of Louisville (U of L) Men's Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino 12.6.13


  Our Goal: 100 Kentucky Cities          Current City Count: 134


Albany  Alexandria  Ashland  Augusta  Bardstown  Beattyville  Bedford  Berea  Berry  Booneville  Brandenburg  Brooksville  Burkesville  Cadiz  Calvert City  Carlisle    Catlettsburg  Cave City  Central City  Clay City  Corbin  Covington  Crestview Hills  Crestwood  Crofton  Cumberland  Cynthiana  Danville  Dayton  Edgewood  Elizabethtown  Elkton   Elsmere  Eminence  Erlanger  Evarts  Falmouth  Flatwoods  Flemingsburg  Fleming-Neon  Florence  Fort Thomas Fort Wright  Frankfort  Frenchburg  Georgetown/Sadieville/Stamping Ground   Glasgow   Greenville  Harrodsburg  Hazard  Hawesville  Henderson  Hickman  Hodgenville  Hopkinsville   Horse Cave  Independence  Inez  Irvine  Jamestown  La Grange  Lancaster  Lawrenceburg   Lebanon  Leitchfield  Lexington   Liberty  London   Louisa   Louisville  Ludlow  Lyndon  Madisonville  Manchester  Martin  Mayfield   Maysville  Middlesborough  Middletown  Midway  Morehead   Monticello  Morganfield  Mt. Vernon  Muldraugh  Munfordville  Murray  Nicholasville  Oak Grove  Olive Hill  Owensboro Paducah  Perryville  Pikeville  Pineville  Prestonsburg   Princeton  Richmond  Russell  Russellville  Sacramento  Saint Matthews  Salyersville  Scottsville  Shelbyville  Shepherdsville  Shively  Silver Grove  Simpsonville  Smiths Grove  Somerset  Springfield Stanford  Stanton  Sturgis  Tompkinsville  Vanceburg  Versailles  Vicco  Vive Grove  Warsaw  West Buechel  West Liberty  Wheelwright  White Plains  Whitesville  Wickliffe  Williamsburg Wilmore  Winchester  Worthington

Colleges: Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities (AIKCU) University of Kentucky (UK) Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Western Kentucky University (WKU) Kentucky State University (KSU) Northern Kentucky University (NKU) University of Louisville (U of L)  Morehead State University (MSU) Murray State University (MSU) Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)


Other Supporters: Commerce Lexington (CLX) Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) Northern Kentucky Chamber (NKC) Bowling Green Chamber (BGC) Kentucky County Judge Executive Association (KCJEA) Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA) 10.11.13 Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police (KYFOP) Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP)


Louisville Courier-Jounral 7.15.13 Lexington Herald-Leader 3.25.12  WHAS11 Louisville   The Record Louisville   WUKY Lexington      KyForward 5.18.12   Lexington Traditional Magnet School    WUKY Audio1   WUKY Audio2   Middlesboro Daily News  TopsInLex 12.17.12  Army-Navy Dispatch  Fort Campbell Courier  Stars and Stripes  Lexington Herald-Leader 11.24.11  TopsInLex 4.25.13  KyForward 6.18.13

Time is of the essence for fighting violence in Kentucky. Violent Crime; Assault, Homicide, Kidnapping/Abduction, Robbery, Sex Offences (Forcible), in Kentucky were reported at their highest level in the last four years; 38,353 in 2014, 35,412 in 2013, 36,956 in 2012 and 37,467 in 2011. That is an average of over 37,000 victims of violence per year. There has also be an average of 916 polices officers assaulted per year from 2011 to 2014.

In 2014 the highest level of violent offences were recorded in Kentucky at 38,353. Also in 2014, Serious Crimes committed in Kentucky was at it highest-level rising 10.6 percent from 2011 to 2014, from 198,889 to 220,083. In 2014, Forcible Sex Offenses were also at its highest level in Kentucky when offenses were committed every hour compared with an offence every one hour and thirty-six minutes in 2012. From 2011 to 2014, 52 percent of violent crimes we solved. (Source: Kentucky State Police Crime in Kentucky Reports). Nationwide, over 50% of violence acts are not reported to police. 

A Ten Percent reduction in Interpersonal Violence in Kentucky would save the Kentucky Economy (GDP) $572 Million a year. A Ten Percent reduction in violence in Kentucky would also result in a yearly savings of $1.821 Billion to Kentucky Economy (GDP) for Violence Containment. And per capita income savings for Kentuckians would be at least $471 a year.

Recognition Language

Violence in Kentucky remains at an unacceptably high level. It negatively affects everyone in our great Commonwealth regardless of their position or beliefs. Violence reduces the quality of life for victims of violence. Violence interferes with a student’s education and interferes with an educator’s ability to teach. Violence creates unnecessary costs to individuals, families, businesses, towns, municipalities, cities, and our state. Violence disproportionably negatively impacts youth and minorities. All people in Kentucky will in some way benefit from a voluntary TEN PERCENT reduction in all violence in 2015 and every subsequent year. It will most especially benefit Kentucky's children. We recognize YouthAlert! (YA!)'s 2015 TEN PERCENT Challenge - Kentucky's Statewide Youth Violence Prevention Challenge “The YA! Challnege” as a worthy effort and strongly encourage all youth to voluntarily and substantially reduce all forms of unjustified violence in their lives not only for the benefit our great Commonwealth but for their own benefit too.

I Accept and Support this "YA! Challenge!"


Send us an email which will say you accept and support the YouthAlert! (YA!)'s 2015 TEN PERCENT Youth  Challenge for Kentucky. Click on the email address below to send. No Charge! Feel free to add any comments you may have. Your support and comments will appear on our upcoming Support Page.

Why you should support this Kentucky "YA! Challenge"

Violence in the Kentucky remains at an unacceptably high level. Violence negatively affects each and every one of us regardless of position or beliefs. Violence reduces the quality of life for victims of violence. Violence interferes with a student’s education and interferes with a educator’s ability to teach. Violence creates unnecessary costs to Kentucky individuals, families, businesses, towns municipalities, cities and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It disproportionately impacts youth, especially minorities. All of the 4.3 million people in the Kentucky would benefit from a TEN PERCENT reduction in violence in 2015 and every subsequent year thereafter;  especially the one million children (ages 0-17) which is 23 percent of Kentucky population. We recognize “YouthAlert! (YA!)'s 2015 TEN PERCENT Challenge Kentucky's State-Wide Youth Violence Prevention Challenge “The YA! Challenge as a worthy effort and strongly encourage all youth in Kentucky to voluntarily and substantially reduce all forms of unjustified violence in their lives.

Even More Reasons Why You Should Support this Kentucky Challenge! It's Free. It exposes the too high level of violence in Kentucky. It asks and Challenges all in the Kentucky to do "No Violence" and reduce "Shadow Violence" (accidental injuries) in 2015 and every subsequent year. Everything about this Challenge is 100 Percent Voluntary. This Campaign is Educational only and about Violence Reduction only and Violence Prevention Education has been proven to help. This Challenge is not Political, Financial, Religious or Judgmental in nature but does not conflict with any of those beliefs. Every one in Kentucky is equal in this Challenge no matter what their status or position is. A reduction of violence will result in cost savings to local, state agencies, businesses and individuals. Less violence will allow for faster advancement in other important areas in Kentucky. Less violence will improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians and help reduce the pain and suffering, substance abuse problems and mental health problems. Not doing violence gives you more independence and more control of your life. No one in Kentucky is safe from violence. This Challenge is only about real violence and not fake or simulated violence. This Challenge reaffirms everyone's Natural or God Given Right to live in Peace. This is a call to non-action. You do not have to do anything for this Challenge, except stop yourself when you want to, or are about to, do violence to yourself or others. And no violence and fun equals "Super Fun"! But the best reason for supporting this Challenge is our individual and collective survival!
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"More than half of the nation’s violent crimes went unreported to the police between 2006 and 2010" U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics (Link to August 9, 2012 Press Release)


"I hope that the information contained in this report will aid in your awareness of the reality of crime and the necessity for developing effect strategies to combat criminal acts. It is extremely important for all citizens of Kentucky to become actively involved in crime prevention." Kentucky Governor Steven L Beshear July 2012
 "The truth is all of us need to be working together to improve our community, to improve our neighborhoods. And quite frankly we are not going to be able to do the job on our own. Crime is truly not a police problem, it is a community problem." Louisville KY Police Chief Steve Conrad 5.18.12  Courier-Journal Link
"Violence in general and especially violence with young people is something that we're seeing more of in Lexington and it's something that raises the risk factor for our officers that are out on the streets." Police Chief Ronnie BastinLexington, Kentucky (May 2014) WEKU Link

"Kentucky had one of the fastest growing prison populations in the nation over the decade ending in 2009, rising by 45 percent, compared with 13 percent growth for all states." Pew Center on the States, Kentucky Issue Brief, July 2011   Link


"Here in Kentucky we have high rates of violent crime and especially high rates of violet crime against women. We're the 3rd highest state in the south when it comes to sexual assault against women." (Carol Jordan, University of Kentucky, KET 1.6.2011)
"A survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Kentucky 11th in the nation for the number of people experiencing intimate partner violence."  (Merlen Davis, Lexington Herald-Leader, Janaury 2014)
Kentucky ranks 8th in nation in child abuse deaths - KET 4.20.12

"According to the Child Protective Service, 23,951 children in Kentucky were involved in substantiated reports of abuse or neglect in 2013." "National trends indicate one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. If that trend holds true in Kentucky, that would represent more than 10,000 children." Lexington Herald-Leader March 31, 2014


22 Kentucky children died from abuse or neglect in the past year - Lexington Herald-Leader 8.31.12


“While legislation is certainly important, education and interventions are also essential for the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of injuries and violence. Kentucky had the 7th highest unintentional injury fatality rate, the 5th highest motor vehicle mortality rate, the 6th highest drug overdose fatality rate, and the 16thhighest nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate in the U.S. in 2008, and 2009, respectively (National Safety Council’s Injury Facts, 2012, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).” (Terry Bunn, Director, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, KIPRC, 2012 Annual Report)


Kentucky has the 10th-highest suicide rate in the United States

State's high suicide rate traumatizes - Lexington Herald Leader 9.11.11


Effective suicide prevention remain an elusive goal - Louisville Courier Journal April 6, 2014
"Beshear also spoke at length about health care, saying “Kentucky ranks among the worst, if not the worst, in every major health category from smoking to cancer deaths, preventable hospitalizations, cardiovascular and cardiac heart disease and diabetes.” "Behsear said in the next few weeks he will “unveil a new initiative that will intensify our efforts.”He said that initiative will set goals, including one to cut Kentucky’s smoking rate by 10 percent by 2018."(Governor Steven L Beshear, State of the Commonwealth Address, Louisivlle Courier-Journal, January 2014)



Time To Dial Back Violence In Kentucky

This first of its kind Campaign challenges all Kentuckians to Voluntarily reduce violence by TEN PERCENT in 2015 and beyond within the state in 10 critical areas. It is an effort which all Kentuckians can participate in, and all will benefit from. It is an active attempt to reverse some negative trends of violence in Kentucky.  Press Release 4.17.12 4.23.12