Through online surveys, virtual focus groups, and one-on-one interviews, over 200 youth representing a wide range of diversity in race, gender, socio-economic status, and other factors were surveyed. Intentional inclusion of underrepresented groups resulted in responses from young women, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour community members, and youth with disabilities. While some of the recurring themes of struggle for youth are widely known, the testimonials that follow are indicative of the complexities of the pandemic from the a lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Youth participation who self-identified* as:
• Gender: Female (45%), male (32%), non-binary (4%).
• Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (62%), People with disabilities (2%)
• Age: 15-18 (68%), 19-24 (24%), 14 and under (8%)
*Self-identification was not mandatory