Conversations with Young People: Employment during COVID-19

Young people across the country are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in different ways—from school closures to cancelled activities to job losses—and they are finding creative solutions to staying connected and coping with the challenges brought on by this pandemic. America’s Promise Alliance through the YES Project is helping youth tell their stories about how COVID-19 is effecting their employment aspirations. Below browse video testimonials, opinion pieces, and social media from young people that captures their experience seeking employment as well as working during these challenging times.
 

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During these times, loyalty is being put to the test. It’s vital for companies to understand the importance of treating their employees with decency and respect. If they do so, their staff’s loyalty will never waver.
I wish employers knew how tired people of color are of hiding their authentic selves. It starts from birth.
As we look toward recovery from COVID-19 and what that means for employment, it’s important that we think intentionally about young people – particularly those who are marginalized and underrepresented. Decision-makers should utilize this moment to make our education and employment systems more equitable so that anyone who works hard can succeed.
My first job was at Starbucks. I was in transitional living at the time, which is like a second step if you’re in foster care or state custody. I was in a residential group home, and the goal was to eventually be transitioned into an apartment.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
A lot of us [college students] had internships lined up for the summer, and we fought really hard to find good internships in our fields. A lot of those opportunities were taken away due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
My summer job, which I’d hoped would cover my housing, was cancelled, leaving me unemployed and practically homeless. Despite these hard times, I’m extremely grateful and appreciative for all the support that America’s Promise has offered me.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.