As the outbreak of COVID-19 has seemingly put a halt to everyday American life, many young people have had their lives seemingly turned upside down. Many young folks across the country are still in high school or college and many of us do not have the same level of job security as many older folks.
As various cities across the country begin to shut down, college students are being sent home. Many students were working and have been forced to choose whether to stay and work despite the risk, or leave but not knowing if there will be a job for them when they return. This is a time plagued by economic uncertainty that can heavily impact young people around the country.
Another way the crisis can disproportionately impact young people are the effects of social distancing and quarantine on youth.
High school student, Alex DeNuzzo explains “Youth, especially high schoolers, are at the stage where we need a lot of social contact to be healthy.”
“While people in older generations turn to their families, spouses, in-laws, etc. during this crisis, youth are mostly left out of the picture.”
“As much as I appreciate my family, I would prefer socially isolating with my friends far more.”
“While this is feasible for some young adults to stay in apartments with close friends, it is not an option for many teens. And it’s taking a toll.”
In times of uncertainty many reach for anything they feel they can control. In times like these, many young people do not know when or if they will be returning to school this academic year.”
West Campus student Abby Morioka explained, “It’s scary since our teachers don’t quite know what to do yet and it’s confusing but everyone is just trying to cope in their own way”.
There are plenty of resources available in these times of crisis. Especially during times of social distancing, community building is extremely important and can improve quality of life during trying times.