Beating the Brain Drain; Persistence Pays Off
Ted Alcorn, New Mexico In Depth
Alexandra Romero is destined to get ahead in life. Romero is a first-generation college student who holds down a full-time job while juggling car payments and a mortgage. She says a strong work-ethic and steely determination keep her going.
Those qualities may be why she is rising toward prosperity in a state where very few people do. In New Mexico, low paying jobs, the limited availability of affordable housing, and a fragmented social safety net mean many young people have difficulty getting ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things more challenging.