Shaylyn Garay is a graduate student at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, in the Social Change and Innovation department. She earned her bachelor's degree in social work in 2018 from Lindenwood University. Shaylyn has worked with youth in direct service through restorative justice and community equality initiatives, child care services, and gymnastics classes. She also has managerial experience as the director/manager of a child care and family entertainment center in San Diego, CA. Her passions include youth advocacy, empowerment, and opportunity, specifically in public education. She holds a Certification for Community Mediation Training and was a member of the Lindenwood University collegiate gymnastics team, NCAA Conference and Division II National Champions of 2015 and 2016.
The nation was turned upside down in March 2020 when the President of the United States declared a national emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic was only beginning to sweep the world. In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, stay-at-home orders were put in place: any operations deemed nonessential were halted, work-from-home lifestyle …