BCTC student accepts fellowship, attends international RESULTS conference

members of the Kentucky delegation to the 2017 RESULTS International ConferenceLEXINGTON, Ky.—Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student Andrew Boyce has accepted a fellowship with the antipoverty advocacy organization, RESULTS. He recently returned from an international RESULTS conference in Washington, DC, which included a number of panel discussions on domestic and global poverty issues, workshops on media outreach, the legislative process, and strategies for speaking to legislators and their staffs.

Boyce’s fellowship will consist of biweekly training on media outreach, legislative outreach, grassroots organizing, and further education on the legislative and appropriations process. Along with 70 fellows across the country and five from Zambia, Boyce will spend the year lobbying congress, creating a BCTC RESULTS chapter and expanding reach into Kentucky congressional districts.

“This fellowship will be complimenting the education I am receiving at BCTC as an A.A. major with a concentration in political science,” said Boyce. “I hope to transfer to UK and finish a B.A. in political science before applying to the Patterson School of International Diplomacy and Commerce where I hope to enter the dual degree program to receive a master's in Diplomacy and International Commerce and a Juris Doctor from UK Law.”

As part of the conference, each state had an advocacy day. The Kentucky delegation Boyce was part of had face-to-face meetings with state Representatives John Yarmuth, Brett Guthrie, James Comer, Hal Rogers, and Andy Barr. The delegations also met with staffers for state Sen. Mitch McConnell, a committee staffer for state Sen. Rand Paul, and a staffer from state Rep. Thomas Massie's office. “I, along with another member of our delegation, also met with Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. In these meetings, we discussed the specific legislation and issues RESULTS is advocating for during this legislative session both domestically and globally,” said Boyce. 

“Currently, we are advocating for the USA's continuing commitment to the Global Partnership for Education which seeks to get the worlds' 263 million out-of-school children into classrooms,” said Boyce. “We are also advocating for co-sponsorship and eventual support via vote on the “Reach Every Mother and Child Act,” which seeks to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths across the world, without pushing ideologies and using methodologies that work for specific countries.”

For more information on RESULTS, please visit their website at http://www.results.org/

Photo caption: Members of the Kentucky delegation to the 2017 RESULTS International Conference were, from left to right: Kevin Moeba, Lincoln Memorial University student from Middlesboro, Ky.; Andrew Boyce, BCTC student from Georgetown; state Rep. John Yarmuth; Patrick Melton, Florida International University student from Frankfort, and Frank Gilbert, a Jefferson County public school teacher from Louisville.