The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately disrupted the livelihoods and economic stability of many youth and young adults. Prior to the crisis, young people ages 18-24 accounted for approximately 25 percent of workers with low-wages and a disproportionate share of the unemployed. The mounting economic stress and hyperreactive police state are widening the health equity gap for young people and communities of color today by creating barriers to necessary mental health services. The financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis will only make it more difficult for youth and young adults who are facing structural barriers to finding quality jobs and careers.
Hear from community leaders and young people from across the nation on how they are responding to this pandemic. Learn what you can do to ensure investments are made to address youth needs now more than ever.
This conversation is intended for young people and the adult allies who support them.
•Marlén Mendoza (@mmendoza_IC), Consultant with Center for Law and Social Policy
•Jamira Burley (@JamiraBurley), Head of Youth & Skills with Global Business Coalition for Education
•Sixto Cancel (@Sixtocancel), CEO of Think of us
•Lashon Amado (@Lashon_YB), Project Director with Opportunity Youth United
•Tiffany Loftin (@Tiffanydloftin), National Director for Youth and College Division, NAACP
•Dr. Cathy Cohen (@cathyjcohen), Principle Investigator of Genforward Survey (@GenForward_UChi) & Professor of Political Science at University of Chicago
•Jonathan Lykes (@jonathanlykes), Partnership Lead with Genforward Survey & Founder of Black Youth 100
•Ricardo Chavez, (@DAOK_OKC) Programs Director with Dream Action Oklahoma
•Aaron Armer (@yoncesboo), Street Team Ambassador & Sacramento CAT Member with Alliance for Education Solutions (@sacramentoyouthalliancecat)