Posted by Hannah Kabelka on August 10, 2020 at 8:48 am
The unforeseen challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a significant toll on people across the world, with populations affected in diverse ways. As well as the direct health implications of COVID-19, in the context of widespread school closures, increased economic insecurity, forced isolation measures and limited access to face-to-face social support, there is urgent concern about the critical health and wellbeing challenges being faced by adolescents and young people across the world.
Many are interested to know:
• What are the main health and wellbeing challenges that young people are facing?
• How are digital spaces currently mobilizing providing support?
• What can organizations seeking to support young people do to fill the gaps?
To learn more about these challenges, the YTH Initiative, in partnership with UNESCO, held a rapid virtual community consultation on May 1, 2020, with 20 young people, ages 19 and 30. This included eleven females, eight males and one young person identifying as non-binary, representing nineteen countries around the world. We wanted to know what challenges youth were facing, what has changed in their lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began and what has stayed the same, and what youth-facing/serving organizations like ours could do to support them.
You can find the answers to these questions and more in the official report.