KACo Educating Youth - K.E.Y.
For the past 38 years, the Kentucky Association of Counties has advocated for county government, providing insurance, financing, legislative efforts, training and other services. One significant service is the education of county officials and personnel, which KACo continues to provide through its Leadership Institute courses and the Risk Management and Loss Control Services. But KACo wanted to do more! KACo wanted to teach county government to kids of all ages. If education is important, and our youth is the future, then educating youth is the K.E.Y.
That is why KACo has created the K.E.Y. program - KACo Educating Youth. The goals of the program are simple: to present the importance and functionality of county governments to Kentucky students; to unite schools with their respective county government officials; and to provide schools and students with a civic educational opportunity.
By exciting youth at an early age about county government, it opens a door for their generation to get involved with their local community. To learn how their government works. How they (the students) are affected nearly every day by decisions made by their county government. It also allows youngsters to teach or energize their parents about county government, thus providing counties with a more invested and educated citizenry.
Bottom line: it's KACo's humble goal to play a small role in the education of tomorrow's future.