Participant 020 Community Conversations Interview



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this interview, Participant 20 shares about the challenge of being a single parent during the pandemic, balancing work with helping their children navigate remote learning. They describe the abrupt changes of COVID-19 and the perception that parents have had to take on roles as teachers' aides during the pandemic and use devices for virtual schooling. They share the challenges experienced during quarantine, including social isolation and navigating trauma, as well as experiencing the loss of family members. They stayed connected and bridged coalitions with parents across New Jersey, and remained involved in community and advocacy work through their organization. The participant shares concerns about systemic issues exacerbated by COVID-19, and continuing the work to address them by encouraging people to focus on community.


Social and Economic Factors, Those Left out of Virus Response, Positive Outlook, Acts of Kindness, Perceptions from residents and societal views_ responses, Resilience, Self-Care Strategies, Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Relationships, Unpredictability, Resources Needed, Employment, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, Recommendations, Social Re-Connect, Actionable Items From Residents, Noteworthy Quotes for Report or Presentation, Communities of Color_Minoritized Individuals, Education, Challenges with Remote Schooling_Virtual Learning for Children, Housing, Social Pods, Mental Health, Maternal Health, Financial_Economic (In)stability, Lack of Financial Means to Support Basic Needs, Childcare Arrangements, Digital Divide, COVID-19 Pandemic, Essex Co. (N.J.), New Jersey