COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing social and economic challenges faced by young people. In addition, the pandemic had a disproportionate impact upon the young in already precarious situations, including youth from low-income backgrounds, immigrant families, youth with disabilities, and young parents. Key in many domains that matter for youth, local actors have a crucial role to play in facilitating a good start for young people.
OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth have pledged to work closely with communities, organisations, and other levels of government to upscale efforts to support young people severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure a resilient and inclusive recovery for this generation. Increased efforts include taking actions in three main areas: i) youth access to local services; ii) youth access to local economic opportunities; and iii) youth participation in local public life.