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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.

Throughout 2020

Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth

Is the follow-up to our virtual youth the town hall—a four-week series of open letters from high school students to decision-makers in their states and communities. The letters call for specific actions to address issues that arose from the town hall as top-of-mind for young people:

  • addressing topics of race and racism in schools;
  • opportunities to have a voice in decision-making;
  • mental and emotional wellbeing; and
  • access to meaningful and relevant learning opportunities.

Above all else, though, one call to action was abundantly clear: young people want decision-makers to take their ideas and experiences into consideration. Not only because it’s the right thing to do—it’s also the smart thing to do.

August 26, 2020 | Letter Campaign November 10, 2020