Opinion

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

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.
America’s Promise

America’s Promise Staff

America’s Promise
America’s Promise Alliance has launched a new set of mini-grants as part of the Power of Youth Challenge.
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Mark Toner

Writer, America's Promise Alliance
To support youth development and well-being, the Rochester-based Children’s Institute works with regional health, human service, and education providers. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has found new ways to support those who are still supporting young people during this uncertain time. 
Max London

Max London

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
Last year, my school was ranked no. 1 in the state. That same week, two of my classmates were punished for circulating an image in which they wore blackface and used hate-filled language toward the Black community. This wasn’t an isolated incident. My school’s lack of diversity is impossible to ignore — 3.5% of the student body is Black.
America’s Promise

America’s Promise Staff

America’s Promise
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.