Interior design workshop will help high school students learn more about spaces that promote health and well-being

Passport and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are presenting a special interior design workshop devoted to encouraging, inspiring, and informing high school students about the field of Interior Design.

The workshop — which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Louisville Central Community Center (LCCC), 1300 Muhammad Ali Blvd. — will provide young people access to knowledgeable professionals and local universities who offer an Interior Design Major. Information regarding the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) will also be available.

During the event, students will take part in a mini-trade show and a design charrette emphasizing spaces that promote health and well-being.

Universities that will be represented include the University of Louisville, Sullivan University’s College of Technology & Design, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky. Vendors that will be taking part in the mini Trade Show include Shaw (Commercial Carpet and Hard Surface), Wilsonart (Laminate and Solid Surface), PPG (Paint), Patcraft (Commercial Carpet and Hard Surface), Louisville Tile (Wall & Floor Tile), and Koroseal (wall covering).

For more information or to register, please click here. To learn more about the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of IIDA, please click here.

 

Attorney General seeks help to create a logo for Kentucky’s Human Trafficking Task Force

Part of combating human trafficking around Kentucky is helping residents understand how to identify trafficking victims and report the crime, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. As part of this educational effort, his office is launching an initiative with state and local partners to help raise awareness of human trafficking – whose victims, according to Beshear, are often the most vulnerable in Kentucky’s communities. The initiative calls on high school juniors and seniors, and all college students to create a logo for Kentucky’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville co-chair.

“Human trafficking is a growing and gruesome crime in the Commonwealth and in order to combat it, we need the help of every community to recognize what it is and to report it,” Beshear said. “Our logo initiative not only engages young adults to help us further promote awareness through our task force, but also teaches them that victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.”

Amy Nace-DeGonda, with Catholic Charities of Louisville, said the purpose of the logo is to support the anti-human trafficking movement in Kentucky.

“Both adults and children can be coerced into sex or labor trafficking and awareness of this is key,” Nace-DeGonda said. “With raised awareness of what trafficking is, the indicators of trafficking, prevention can occur as well as those who have been trafficked can reach needed services. I appreciate this effort being done throughout the state.”

In promoting the logo initiative, the attorney general’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville are joined by Free2Hope, Women of the Well Ministries, the Kristy Love Foundation, and the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.

The deadline to submit a logo is Oct. 8. For more details go to www.ag.ky.gov.

Beshear said it is the law to report any suspected case of child trafficking, and that everyone has a role to play in preventing human trafficking:

  • If a human trafficking victim is in immediate danger, dial 911.
  • To report suspected human trafficking of a child, call 877-KYSAFE1 (877-597-2331).
  • Victims of human trafficking may also call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888 or text BEFREE. Interpreters are available.

 

Use of electronic cigarettes among middle school and high school students increases dramatically

CDC imageThe number of students in middle school and high school who use electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, surpassing the total amount of teen use of all tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal officials are blaming unrestricted advertising.

According to the CDC’s 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use by high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014, and from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014 for middle school students. That amounts to about 2 million high school students and 450,000 middle school students smoking e-cigarettes.

Seven out of 10 middle-school and high-school students (69 percent) say they’ve seen e-cigarette ads in stores, online or in other media, with most of the ads using the same themes that have been used to sell traditional cigarettes for years: sex, independence and rebellion, according to a recent CDC report.

“The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in an online statement.

To read the Kentucky Health News report of this study, please click here. To see the “Vital Signs” report that attributes the increase in e-cigarette use in youth with the increase in e-cigarette advertising, please click here.