The Secretary of State serves as the Commonwealth's chief advocate for civic engagement. In 2012, the office released Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which unfortunately shows that civic engagement in Kentucky is generally declining. The Secretary of State is working to reverse that trend, encouraging and enabling all Kentuckians to be active citizens.
The Secretary of State's programs particularly target Kentucky's youth. Initiatives like the Essay and Slogan Contests, Mock Election Program and Commonwealth's Ambassador certificate cultivate and reward behaviors that lead to greater participation in our communities and state. Other programs, like the Civic Health Initiative and Outstanding Civic Educator Award, encourage the pursuit of innovative methods for bringing out the best in our Commonwealth.
Kentucky is at its best when everyone is engaged. Whether you have the opportunity to participate in the Secretary of State's programs or are active in other ways, we hope you will help the Secretary of State strive to make sure Kentucky's brightest days are ahead.