Why We Can't Wait: A New Deal for Youth

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. Young people are leading in the face of these entrenched challenges and demanding to be seen and heard. We are in a crisis and need action and investment from the public and private sector to support  solutions proposed for decades by young people and racial justice leaders.

We can’t wait for economic justice. We can’t wait for healing and wellbeing. We can’t wait for safe communities. It is time for 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 generation.

A 2020 Youth Data Portrait

CLASP analyzed data related to Economic Justice, Healing and Wellbeing, and Safe Communities for youth and young adults before and during the pandemic.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

This first set of data focusing on economic justice show how the pandemic has made an already-inequitable system even worse for youth and young adults, particularly young people of color. View the social media toolkit and share on Twitter.

HEALING AND WELLBEING

This second set of data focusing on healing and well-being show how the pandemic has made an already-inequitable system even worse for youth and young adults' health, particularly young people of color. View the social media toolkit and share on Twitter here.

SAFE COMMUNITIES

This third set of data focusing on safe communities show how the pandemic has made an already-inequitable system even worse for youth and young adults' safety and health, particularly young people of color. View the social media toolkit and share on Twitter here.

 

Additional Resources:

Public Policy Was Already Failing Young People—Pandemic Is Making it Worse

 


All analyses were conducted using the most recently available data as of August 2020. “Young people” refers to ages 16-25 in the U.S.; exact range varies by data set.