These are challenging times for all, but especially for young people, and the effects of the pandemic and social distancing on the mental health of youth — particularly opportunity youth — can be overwhelming. Now more than ever, it is important to help youth and young adults stay connected with their communities.

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) has curated and is continuously updating resources on how to handle the collective trauma, talk about stress, and take charge of mental health in this moment:

The IWGYP is also collecting ideas from the field about keeping youth connected during this time. Share what your organization is doing to connect with youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, many young people have had their summer internship plans canceled by the pandemic. The Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) team is collecting a listing of paid and unpaid internships to help teens and young adults ages 16-24 build their skills during this time. You can help by sharing opportunities that will be listed on the YE4C website.