Opinion

Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth

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Pam Rentz and Sarah Meehan

Youth Authors
Mental health issues, racial disparities and lack of technology access were problematic for New Mexico students prior to COVID-19. And the pandemic exacerbated those complications for students across Albuquerque Public Schools. 
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Radiah Jamil and Kayla Johnson

Youth Authors
Students from Gaffney High School and Ewing Middle School are planning to launch a podcast about mental health challenges, and scheduling meetings with town and county officials to keep the voices of youth at the forefront of decisions that affect them.
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Pam Rentz and Sarah Meehan

Youth Authors
After watching their peers struggle with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of students in Cherokee County, S.C., hope to dispel stigmas around talking about challenges with anxiety, depression, suicide and other mental health conditions.
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Alan Gomez and Pamela Rentz

Youth Authors
With the world gripped by a global pandemic and protests over police brutality raging across the U.S., young adults and teenagers played a significant role in the activism work that defined 2020.
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Radiah Jamil and Kayla Johnson

Youth Authors
A group of Albuquerque teens and young adults have big plans to tackle problems they see in area schools, including a lack of adequate mental health support for students and a school curriculum that does not incorporate enough diversity into assigned readings. 
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Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri

Youth Authors
St. Louis, Missouri -- Feeling safe in school was a problem in Missouri even before the pandemic added the unprecedented element of fear and anxiety of being exposed to a potentially deadly virus. 
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Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri

Youth Authors
For Justin Soyka, the crisis came in middle school. During his 8th grade year, he survived two suicide attempts, and was hospitalized twice before he was able to get help for his depression, ADHD and crippling anxiety.
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Brie Zeltner and Malaya Mason

Youth Authors
St. Louis, MO - More licensed therapists on campus. Requiring parent or guardian participation in all school safety discussions. Implementing “calm rooms” where students can go to center themselves.
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Sophia Garcia

Youth Author
Generation Z - born roughly between the mid 1990s and early 2010s - has already made a name for itself due to its willingness to advocate for myriad social causes, from LGBTQ+ rights, abortion rights, and immigration to environmental consciousness.
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Angely Pena Agramonte

Youth Author
Teens today are under a lot of stress: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the proportion of young people visiting an emergency department due to a mental health crisis climbed by 31 percent during the six months between April and October of 2020.
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Sophia Garcia

Youth Author
From protests against gun violence to the Black Lives Matter movement, the nation has recently seen young people take the lead on a wide variety of social movements. 
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Pamela Rentz and Malaya Mason

Youth Authors
Youth leaders in high schools across Staten Island say that some of the biggest challenges facing their generation-- especially amidst the past two years of social unrest and a global pandemic-- are maintaining mental health and fighting racial inequities.