Project Director, Just Say Yes
Franklin County Health Department
Amelia Berry believes that health requires connectedness—to family and community, to one’s own valued purpose, and to equitable public goods and services that put well-being within reach for all. Amelia leads Yes Arts, a non-profit in Frankfort, Ky., that mobilizes the power of community and the arts to disrupt the cycle of addiction. She also serves on the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education. Her work focuses on helping youth thrive by strengthening support for the central influencers in their lives: families and public schools. Amelia is particularly interested in the ways in which systems can meaningfully support parents and guardians who are striving to break cycles of trauma and addiction within their families. Amelia is a strong advocate for investment in primary prevention, early childhood education, and high-quality after-school programming for all children. In everything she does, Amelia strives to connect and nurture the abundant gifts of local people to create and realize a shared vision of community that allows each person to live with safety, dignity, creativity and hope.
MORE ABOUT AMELIA
Growing up in Cincinnati’s now-gentrified Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in the 1980s, Amelia learned not only about the realities of poverty, racism, trauma, violence, addiction and systemic injustice, but also about the ways resilience can be nurtured in unexpected ways. Amelia believes strongly in the necessity of bringing marginalized voices to the center of policymaking and in the power of people from all walks of life to create healthy, equitable, thriving communities together.