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Let’s Talk Youth & COVID: The Shutdown Generation

Senior Airman Valerie Seelye, U.S. Army
Students taking online classwork from home

Lets Talk New Mexico 5/14, 8a: K-12 schools across the state closed in late March and students have been finishing up their last months online. Many youth have had their extracurriculars cancelled and aren’t able to leave the house or see their friends. This week, we hear from the generation of young New Mexicans impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. As they approach the end of the semester, we’ll hear from middle and high school students about what the shutdown’s been like for them and what they think the future might hold.

And we want to hear from you! Are you a teenager doing school from home? What’s been challenging about it? What’s it been like to be isolated and away from your friends? How are you taking care of yourself? Email us at LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet using #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show at (505) 277-5866.


  •  Sara Cook, Language Arts Teacher, Hayes Middle School
  • Brianna Eustace, Hayes Middle School Student
  • Isiah Mendez, Hayes Middle School Student
  • Wyatt Day, Youth Case Manager, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  • Sofia Hren, Albuquerque High School Student
  • Milian Cordova, Recent Graduate of South Valley Academy and Media Justice Intern at Generation Justice


  • Generation Justice: every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on KUNM
    • Find more youth reflections on the pandemic, what they have had to give up, and why they are willing to make drastic changes in their lives, on their Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube pages.  

  • New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453 or at cv.nmhealth.org

Nash Jones (they/them) is a general assignment reporter in the KUNM newsroom and the local host of NPR's All Things Considered (weekdays on KUNM, 5-7 p.m. MT). You can reach them at nashjones@kunm.org or on Twitter @nashjonesradio.
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