Decorative - Daniel Ratley, KYA Youth Advocate 2023

Daniel Clay Ratley, a Grayson County High School freshman, is the 2023 Youth Advocate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Youth Advocate Program is a four-month program sponsored by the YMCA of the USA’s Government Relations office. They selected up to two high school students per state across the country. This intensive program culminates at the YMCA National Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. where Daniel will gain practical, real-world experience advocating for policy solutions.

Daniel’s selection by the YMCA relates to his work with in presenting legislation to improve the safety, health, and awareness of US college students and their families. In 2022, the board of directors with chose Daniel to serve on their national teen and young adult advisory board as he advanced legislation for HR 8406 regarding the COREY Safety Act at both the state and federal levels. Daniel has corresponded with State Senator Steve Meredith and met with staff from U.S. Representative James Comer and U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie regarding the passage of this crucial legislation.

“I am honored to be chosen as one of the 2023 Youth Advocates for Kentucky and am excited to go to Washington, D.C. next year," said Ratley. 

"I hope my participation with the Youth Advocate Program brings a spotlight on the COREY Safety Act and we can make HR 8406 federal law by amending the Higher Education Act of 1965 to create greater safety standards at all colleges across the United States.”

Daniel is the son of Beth and Clay Ratley. His grandparents are RC and Sharon Constant of Leitchfield, Kentucky, and Bob and Rosanna Ratley of Sturgis, Kentucky.