Opinion

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

Isaac Espinal
Former Youth Board Member, America’s Promise
As I continue to grow both as a person and as a member of my community, I hear words such as “change,” “progress,” “reform,” and “equity.” These words are the words of educated minds that understand t
Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend

President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
This month, The YES Project at America’s Promise Alliance is releasing a three-part blog series to illuminate the ways in which employers, youth-supporting programs, and intermediary organizations are
Charles Hiteshew

Charles Hiteshew

Executive Director, Hire Opportunity Coalition
This month, The YES Project at America’s Promise Alliance is releasing a three-part blog series to illuminate the ways in which employers, youth-supporting programs, and intermediary organizations are
Nathalia Galan Herrera

Nathalia Galan Herrera

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
Tens of thousands of Latinos have lost their jobs, and for those who remain employed, many are essential workers who often work without access to the necessary protective equipment and are at greater risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus. The children of Hispanic and Latinx parents are, therefore, at increased risk of being exposed as well.
Franswa N.

Franswa N.

Youth Contributor
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
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Danielle C.

Youth Contributor
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
Sierra W.

Sierra W.

Youth Author
I wish employers knew how tired people of color are of hiding their authentic selves. It starts from birth.
Mussab A.

Mussab A.

Youth Author
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.
Kat B.

Kat B.

Youth Author
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.
Marissa H.

Marissa H.

Youth Author
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
Mariela Fernald

Mariela Fernald

Youth Author
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.
K’asia Eubanks

K’asia Eubanks

Youth Author
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.