#SaludTues 8/4: Youth Disconnection Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic


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1 in 9 young people are at risk for youth disconnection—someone ages 16-24 years who is neither working or in school.

The coronavirus is expected to widen this gap, especially for Latinos and communities of color. Without immediate action, the number of disconnected youth could grow to 1 in 4 young people, or 6 million youth. 

A recent report, A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus, highlights progress made over the last 10 years in connecting youth to opportunity. It also provides new details on findings at the state, county and local PUMAs (public use and microdata areas) level on youth disconnection.

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On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, let’s use #SaludTues to chat about ways to help Latino youth and their families stay connected amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Measure of America, who published the recent report will be co-hosting!

We’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore:

  • How youth disconnection impacts Latino families and other race/ethnicity groups
  • Some of the causes of youth disconnection
  • How the coronavirus/ #COVID19 pandemic impacts youth disconnection

The tweetchat will explore the report’s interactive charts that break down youth disconnection by rural and urban areas, as well as race/ethnicity by state. For instance, in New Mexico, nearly 17% of Latino youth are disconnected. This is higher than the total for disconnected youth in the state.

The data also highlights groups of teens and young adults who are at a greater risk for youth disconnection, such as those with a disability, those without a high school diploma, and those living in poverty.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources to help keep youth and their families connected amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

#SaludTues is a health equity tweetchat especially focused on the Latino population at 12p CT/1p ET every Tuesday hosted by the @SaludAmerica program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

Measure of America is an initiative of the Social Science Research Council, that provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards.

Interested in co-hosting this chat or having access to the questions beforehand? Contact Rosalie Aguilar at: aguilarr2@uthscsa.edu.

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