As foundations committed to youth voice and leadership, the Perrin Family Foundation, Leever Foundation, and the Ritter Family Foundation shared a deep concern about the astounding absence of young people’s voices in the discussion, discourse, and decision-making happening about them during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
So we asked them to be Seen and Heard.
More than 500 young people responded.
Mental health was a frequently named concern for young people, with most young people saying that it was an issue which was not sufficiently acknowledged, understood, or addressed.
Youth frequently shared that their experiences with school were a source of frustration, depression, and disappointment.
Many young people were candid about their personal and familial financial challenges, noting that the pandemic had exacerbated and amplified the intensity of already-existing
pressures to make ends meet.
Both waves of submissions demonstrated young people’s astute insights about how unfolding events were linked to and shaped by racism and other root-cause inequities pervasive in our country’s health, education, immigration, and workforce systems.
Katera, 20 – New Haven
Tori, 15 – Norwalk
Nicol (She/Her) 16, Waterbury
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