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A Journey Through Adversity: The Educational Pathway of NWEA Opportunity Youth During COVID-19

The Educational Pathway of NWEA Opportunity Youth During COVID-19 As the world came to a standstill in early 2020, the lives of countless young people across the Northwest were thrown into disarray. Among them were the opportunity youth - young adults who have disengaged with traditional educational pathways and are not earning a living wage. Of these more than 200k youth in Washington, only 8% are expected to obtain a postsecondary credential (CCER, 2016).

We express gratitude to Northwest Education Access (NWEA), who support OY to pursue educational pathways at the time and pace that work best for the student. The youth they serve were profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their stories, filled with struggle, resilience, and occasional triumphs, paint a vivid picture of an unprecedented time. PSCCN partnered with the Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning Team at PSESD to do a thematic coding of 153 student responses. The demographics and socioeconomic status of respondents were representative of the state-wide opportunity youth population.

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