As Parents Lose Jobs or Fall Ill, Teens Step In
Robert Klemko, The Washington Post
In a world without COVID-19, Jael Marquez would be a junior walking the halls of Denver's Vista Academy. Instead, Marquez is a 40-hour-a-week worker who supports his family. He's not sure school will ever be a part of his future now.
The pandemic has forced a growing portion of America's teenagers into full-time roles in essential businesses like food services, where required training is minimal. For many, plans of a post-high school education may become permanently shelved.