08/17/20: Last week, Lee County began school once more for the fall through a virtual platform in light of the ongoing pandemic. This included the families of Lee County Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) who shared their experiences with their Program Assistant (PA) at their last virtual meeting. Many students recounted technical difficulties and other challenges of the new online format they experienced. Luckily, they were aided by teachers and caregivers alike to overcome these obstacles as best they could. It was a surprise to many to still experience “back-to-school jitters” or anxiety over things like starting a new grade level, socializing with other students, and what surprises this school year may bring, even though school is not currently face to face. The Lee County EYFP PA Gabrielle Dunlap encouraged caregivers and others in the community to take time to support both youth and teachers in any way they can. Everything is new this school year, and while there will no doubt be successes, there will also be many bumps in the road. All those in the Lee County school system and across the country are having to navigate a great deal of emotion and stress during this time. It is the responsibility of all caregivers, professionals, and supporters to make sure that youth are mentally and emotionally supported to take on the challenges they face each day.