covid-19'S iMPACT oN yOUTH eMPLOYMENT & eDUCATION
Within the current context of the COVID-19 public health crisis, many youth in our province are facing disruptions in their education, being laid off or underemployed, all while grappling with the longer term consequences of our reality. Youth are experiencing extreme change -- losing shifts, being laid off, having their education interrupted, being forced to move home with parents or worrying about how they will cover rent.
In addition to the immediate ramifications of COVID-19, the situation leaves many youth wondering what the future will bring. What happens in the absence of summer job opportunities? Will there be entry level opportunities for graduating students? How will this affect industry? Will we see new changes in which industries are poised for growth and hiring in the future?
In an attempt to understand how COVID-19 has effected youth in our province, Choices for Youth conducted a survey and consultation process with 486 young people across the province.
This is just the start. Based on the results of this survey and consultation process, Choices for Youth will be releasing a comprehensive report with more details on what we heard and recommendations looking forward.
For more information, connect with:
Jen Crowe, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Chelsey MacNeil, Director of Education, Employment & Social Enterprise
Ayon Shahed, Director of Strategic Development