It may be more common than you think
by: Will Civitello
Teens everywhere are struggling to find employment since the start of the global pandemic. The lack of jobs has reduced the monthly income of a lot of young adults.
Some families that depend on their child's income to pay a portion of the rent and without the extra money on the table, the guardian is forced to take out earnings from their savings to pay rent.
Customers today like to have their kids stay away from any type of close contact. So, for job like a swim instructor, it is very hard to keep a steady pool of clients. According to the Congressional Research Service, the part time unemployment rate went up to 24.5% while the full time unemployment rate was at 12.9%.
Teen workers are at a severe disadvantage in today's time. With student loan debt, car payments, and necessities, there is not enough money to give them a stable financial foundation. “Due to the lack of kids who sign up for swim lessons due to the pandemic, my financial income has been limited. I’ve had to make sacrifices across the board” (Lee, Swim Instructor).
A plan that discarded teens, has been taken into place which is the distribution of the stimulus check. The amount that only gets bigger is given to people over the age of 18 and to people making a household income of less than $150,000.
Although this may have covered many people, there are still a number of people in highschool who are basing their whole college experience on if they can get a grant or not. If the financial status is not met then the applicant has no choice but to go to a smaller less noticeable school instead of their dream school.
With all this change such as a new lifestyle and how to interact with people coming at once, life is getting very difficult. Molding new solutions and coming up with ways to fill in the day become less and less unique. “[the loss of clients] affects my daily life because of the fact that I’m not working or being with the kids on a constant basis” (Lee, Swim Instructor).
As a community we can help support local small businesses which many authorities overlook. Many times the most significant business is the one of least notice. Look for fundraisers and events to support the community.
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