Opinion

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

Darlene Folas

Darlene Folas

Student Writer, Swarthmore College
The ever-increasing movement to depoliticize schools is ultimately a disservice to our society with inherently hypocritical goals. Let there be no mistake; schools are political. They always have been. What they teach is political. Who they teach is political. Who they don’t teach is political. Everything down to the when and where is political. And there is not a more significant example of this than racism in America.
Bhavana Akula

Bhavana Akula

Student Writer, Colts Neck High School
I had my first Asian teacher this year after 11 years in our public school system. I didn’t quite recognize this fact or its weight at first — to have a teacher who looked like me. But as the year unfolded, I found myself able to open up about societal and family stress that had often left me feeling isolated with no one who could fully understand the complexities of the pressures I was navigating.
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.