Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents First William Cooper Faith and Community in Action Award

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 14, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Kenny Boyd, executive director of Louisville’s Youth Alive Inc., honored

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented the first William Cooper Faith and Community Action award to Kenny Boyd, executive director of Youth Alive, Inc. in Louisville, during the 2007 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Frankfort Convention Center.   

The Youth Alive program was inspired by Mr. Boyd’s dream to begin a youth development and support program that provides educational support and delinquency prevention services for at-risk youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods. On December 15, 1998, the Housing Authority of Louisville provided a $10,000 contribution to his cause and in March 1999, Youth Alive was presented with a $30,000 grant from the Jefferson County Healthy Start Program. Today, two Youth Alive sites operate in Louisville and provide programs targeted to inner-city youth,

“It is fitting for the first William Cooper Faith and Community Action award to be presented to Mr. Boyd,” said Governor Fletcher. “His work improves the lives of young people and will benefit generations to come. We should all be inspired by his story to reach out to those need a helping hand.”

William Cooper, the namesake of the award, was inspired to begin a prayer breakfast in Kentucky after having the privilege of attending several Presidential Prayer Breakfasts in Washington, D.C. With Cooper’s vision and under Governor Bert Combs, Kentucky hosted its first Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in 1965. Today, the tradition continues and this year Mr. Cooper will be recognized by having the award presented in his name.

Best-selling author and Salt Shaker Ministries founder Rebecca Pippert delivered the keynote address during the service. Pippert is the author of several books including the best-seller, Out of the Salt Shaker and Into The World.