At a time of pandemic, recession, public lynchings, and uprisings for racial justice, our nation is at a crossroads. The mounting stress and economic fallout from COVID-19 and racial turmoil is widening the equity gap for young people and communities of color. We are in a crisis and need action and investment from the public and private sector to support the solutions proposed for decades by young people and racial justice leaders. What we need is a New Deal for Youth.
Today, we are releasing the next set of data from our 2020 Youth Data Portrait focusing on healing and wellbeing. These data show how the pandemic has exacerbated the existing mental health crisis for youth and young adults, particularly among young people of color.
CLASP created a 2020 Youth Data Portrait that analyzes data related to economic justice, healing and wellbeing, and safe communities for youth and young adults before and during the pandemic. Over the next week, we’ll be releasing this data to begin a dialogue on a New Deal for Youth that responds to the historic roots and current scale of the crisis. When the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe is over, our future as a nation will depend on how intentionally we invest in this and future generations.