America’s youth are experiencing a mental health crisis

A Mother and Educator’s Perspective

In February I took my ninth grade daughter back-to-school shopping for a new lunch bag. Her private high school re-opened for “hybrid” instruction after the global pandemic forced school closures nearly a year ago. Two days a week, masked and socially-distanced, she takes a few of her classes in-person along with other students who have opted-in to the hybrid program.

My daughter was both anxious and excited about returning to the classroom. Her feelings had nothing to do with safety protocols or adequate ventilation. She was nervous about meeting other students and finding her way around campus — navigating spaces…

Jennifer Andaluz

Co-founder of charter school network focused on first-gen college success; interested in social mobility, impact investing and people leading their best lives.

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