What would a youth-centred recovery look like? Here are three bold ideas

Building back better with and for youth

Why It Matters

We’re seeing the highest rates of youth unemployment in Canadian history. There’s a looming mental health crisis among young people. And youth are disproportionately feeling the negative impacts of precarious work. Canadian youth are bearing the brunt of this crisis — how can the social impact world make sure their struggles and perspectives are centred in recovery efforts?

There’s no question about it: economically speaking, young people have borne the brunt of COVID-19.

In Canada, youth are experiencing record high rates of unemployment. They’re overrepresented in the precarious and frontline work that puts them most at risk to both the virus itself and to income insecurity. Students are graduating into the deepest recession the country has seen since the great depression, which will significantly impact their career trajectories and lives for years to come.

As civil society organizations and governments work to not just rebuild communities, but build them back better and stronger, they’ll undoubtedly be looking to bolster and empower young people. To do so effectively, they’ll need to pay close, nuanced attention to the perspectives of youth themselves, say advocates. 

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