Youth Recovery Roundtable
Last week I hosted a virtual Youth Recovery Round Table to talk with members of our community about how covid has impacted youth and what we might do to help.
A fantastic group attended, including students, people in education – a superintendent and teachers – community members, parents and grandparents. The overarching concern that rose to the top was student mental health.
From the group I heard that youth are struggling because they can’t leave their homes and see their friends, especially in homes where family members are considered at high risk to covid infection. I heard that students and teachers are feeling anxious and stress over what is being asked of them. I heard people want to help, but don’t know how. I heard that we need to look beyond the schoolwork and find ways to allow students and families to be creative and find joy outside the school day. Now my role is to take these concerns and see what legislation I can offer to support youth.
If you have concerns or ideas and were not able to attend, please feel free to email me directly.
I plan to continue these “Community and Council Connection” events so I can hear constituent concerns and will be picking a new theme for our next event soon. With the technology we have, it makes it very easy and convenient to listen and learn across the community.
Thank you to all who attended.