We need two-generation solutions: the address today’s pain and root out the problem to have a better tomorrow.
We can create a long-term strategy to regain learning loss, lost income, and close yawning inequities.
We can get California ready for the next crisis or that which we have yet to imagine.
- Offer monthly vouchers for one year to be used with small businesses in California to help lift people out of poverty and small businesses at the same time
- Public summer camps for the next five years to recuperate some of the learning loss
- Tax credits for businesses that create apprenticeships and internships for high school students in low-income neighborhoods (Classroom to C-Suite)
- Grants for small businesses to digitize their business operations, presence, and marketing
- Increased investment in after-school funding to regain some of the learning loss
Build Back Generously
I’m witnessing the scars of COVID in the low-income students that are struggling to keep up. I partner with organizations that are trying to bridge the achievement gap, but the gap has become a chasm over the last year. A learning loss that will ripple across a lifetime.
Women are leaving the work force because of the grueling demands a working woman that no one else experiences.
Nearly half of Black businesses have shuttered for good.
There’s more. We don’t quite yet know the extent of how this will change a generation. Which is why we can’t be meek, but bold. We have to aggressively and generously build back California. We only get one chance to emerge from a crisis stronger than before.
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