The Coronavirus Pandemic May Leave Lasting Scars on Generation Z

Compton Early College High School graduating students wait after picking up their diplomas during a drive-thru graduating ceremony in Compton, Calif., June 10, 2020. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
They may not contribute to the COVID-19 death toll, but, unless something is done soon, many will be casualties of the shutdown.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ummers used to be a time for career exploration and discovery — I worked for a reining horse trainer for two high-school summers — but now high-school and college students this year face empty months. For most students, there will be no summer school, study abroad, or career-building internships. There will be few opportunities to network and meet a mentor, to decide whether one likes being in a chemistry lab, or to save up for college.

This summer has the potential to negatively affect the rest of Generation Z’s lives. As the shutdown drags on, the unemployment rate has soared for …

Erin Hawley is a senior legal fellow at Independent Women’s Law Center and a senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy.

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