Virtual Roundtable Discussion April 21, 2020
Young adults of color are worried about the adverse effects our nation’s response to COVID-19 will have on their quality of life, access to healthcare and their mental well-being.
For our report, “The Flatten the Curve, Bridge the Divide | Insights Series
Release 1: Amplifying the Voices of the Next Generation of At-Risk Talent,” we surveyed 551 young adults to find out how they are faring during this unprecedented crisis.
Labor market statistics suggest Generation Z (64% of respondents) and young Millennials (24% of respondents) are more likely to be low-wage, hourly workers and disproportionately impacted by layoffs due to COVID-19.
More than 80% of survey respondents live in one of three cities targeted by LeadersUp – Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Half are from Chicago, which along with San Francisco is among the cities hardest hit in the U.S. by the spread of the coronavirus. Nearly 90% of the respondents are 16–30 years old, 95% identify as a person of color and more than 70% are female.
Among the key findings:
Young adults are most likely to turn to their family and friends in their time of need, followed by community organizations and government agencies, the results show. They are least likely to look to schools based on their current enrollment status and are reluctant to turn to employers and faith-based organizations.