To say that the pandemic has been difficult on us all would be an understatement. It’simpacted work, family, and everything in between. And yet, the group that is statistically least likely to die from COVID-19—youth—are impacted by the pandemic in ways that may be immeasurable, particularly as it relates to mental health and other cognitive outcomes. This issue focuses on youth and what it means to come of age during a global pandemic. For many youth, the only social interactions they have known have been disrupted with no clear end in sight. Some youth have had virtual graduations and never stepped foot onto the college campus where they were accepted. They are also coming of age during the Movement for Black Lives, a historically contentious political climate, the Capitol Insurrection, a spike in hate crimes, and the 20-year date marking the September 11 attacks.
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